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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Charles Demuth, American (Lancaster PA 1883 - 1935 Lancaster PA)
Fruit and Sunflowers
Work Type
c. 1924-1925
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor over graphite on white wove paper
45.7 × 29.7 cm (18 × 11 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: lower edge: [WHAT]MAN 1921 ENGLAND
[Daniel Gallery, New York New York], sold; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1925.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Louise E. Bettens Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

Emily Farnham, "Charles Demuth: His Life, Psychology and Works" (Thesis, Ohio State University, 1959), Ohio State University, no. 464

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 136, ill.

Marjorie B. Cohn, Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1977), pp. 10, 18, 45, 61, 69, 95, cat. 16, pl. 3

Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press, 1985). With an essay by John Coolidge and a preface by John M. Rosenfield. To accompany the inaugural exhibition at the Sackler Museum, Oct 21 1985 - Jan 5 1986, fig. 25, reproduced in color p. 124

Christopher Finch, American Watercolors, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1986), p. 204, reproduced in color fig. 247

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), p. 261, cat. 305, ill.

Christopher Finch, Twentieth-Century Watercolors, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1988), p. 206, plate 247

[Reproduction only], Exposé (Essays from the Harvard Expository Writing Program), Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1994 - 1995)., preface (unpaginated); repr. in color on cover

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., "American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950", American Art Review (April 2006), XVIII, no. 2, pp. 88-93, repr. p. 92

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., American Watercolors and Pastels 1875-1950 at the Fogg Art Museum, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2006), checklist, repr. (n.p.)

Exhibition History

Unidentified Exhibition, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1931, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 06/30/1931 - 06/30/1931

Watercolors by 12 Americans, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 05/22/1933 - 06/26/1933

Five Americans, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 05/19/1934 - 06/19/1934

Unidentified Exhibition, Lawrence College, 1935, Lawrence University, Appleton, 03/01/1935 - 04/30/1935

Unidentified Exhibition, Phillips Exeter Academy, 1935, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, 10/14/1935 - 11/16/1935

Unidentified Exhibition, Fitchburg Art Association, 1935, Fitchburg Art Association, Fitchburg, 12/08/1935 - 12/31/1935

American Watercolors from the Museum's Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/01/1936 - 02/29/1936

Exhibition of Paintings by Distinguished Contemporary American Artists, E. T. Slattery Co., Boston, 03/04/1937 - 03/27/1937

Unidentified Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1938, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 11/29/1937 - 01/21/1938

Demuth Memorial Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 04/18/1939 - 09/30/1939

Watercolor USA: A Survey of Watercolor from 1870 to 1946, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 04/24/1946 - 05/08/1946; Pan-American Union, Washington, 05/17/1946 - 08/01/1946; [Unknown venue, Buenos Aires], Buenos Aires, 08/23/1946 - 09/13/1946; [Unknown venue, Rio de Janeiro], Rio de Janeiro, 10/01/1946 - 10/31/1946; [Unknown venue, Sao Paolo], Sao Paolo, 11/01/1946 - 11/30/1946; [Unknown venue, Montevideo], Montevideo, 01/01/1947 - 02/28/1947; [Unknown venue, Bogota], Bogota, 03/01/1947 - 03/31/1947; [Unknown venue, Lima], Lima, 04/01/1947 - 04/30/1947; [Unknown venue, Santiago], 05/01/1947 - 05/30/1947

Exhibit of American Watercolors, Albertina Gallery, Vienna, 07/23/1949 - 01/30/1950

Retrospective Exhibition of Charles Demuth, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 03/07/1950 - 06/11/1950

Charles Demuth, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 10/01/1950 - 10/29/1950; Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, 11/20/1950 - 12/12/1950; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, 12/28/1950 - 01/18/1951; Williams College Museum of Art, 02/03/1951 - 02/24/1951; University of Delaware, Newark, 03/10/1951 - 03/31/1951; Oberlin College, Oberlin, 04/14/1951 - 05/05/1951

Young America: Artists Under Forty, Brandeis University, Waltham, 06/06/1954 - 06/20/1954

Unidentified Exhibition, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 1958, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, 06/15/1958 - 09/15/1958

Flower and Garden, Cummer Gallery of Art, Jacksonville, 10/16/1962 - 11/25/1962

Works of Charles Demuth, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, 09/24/1966 - 11/06/1966

Watercolors from the Fogg: An Historical Collection, St. Paul's School, Concord, 10/12/1971 - 11/20/1971

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

Ten Americans, Andrew Crispo Gallery, New York, 05/16/1974 - 07/15/1974

Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/12/1977 - 06/22/1977

American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950, at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/2006 - 06/25/2006

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