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Art Class Penn Academy
13 1/16 x 19 7/8 in. (33.1 x 50.5 cm)
(Lancaster, PA, 1883 - 1935, New York, NY)
Medium and Support:
Watercolor and graphite
Nancy Turner Fund
Location: Not currently on view
Charles Demuth’s most famous paintings are in a hard-lined and tightly-controlled industrial style called Precisionism, which he helped develop, but his watercolors of people, fruit, and flowers are loose, sensuous, and evocative. This casual study of a woman in a studio at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art was made when Demuth was a student there. Based upon a somewhat illegible inscription on the back, this figure may be Helen Torr, a modernist artist who ran in the same circles as Demuth and eventually married the artist Arthur Dove.
[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]