Bermuda No. 2, The Schooner

Charles Demuth (American, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1883–1935 Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

Watercolor and graphite on paper
10 x 13 7/8 in. (25.4 x 35.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
  • Description

    While in Bermuda, Demuth expanded upon the Cubo-Futurist style that he had begun to experiment with a few months earlier in Provincetown, Massachusetts (where Hartley also summered). The presence of the French Cubist, Albert Gleizes, in Bermuda that winter may have further inspired his explorations in this direction, resulting in a number of compositions made up of multiple intersecting lines and planes. The triangular rays that fill this sheet define the three masts, sails, and hull of a large ship bearing a Danish flag. The ship, Elsa, was docked in St. George for repairs during the winter of 1916-17, and would have been an impressive sight as it measured 190 feet long and 37 feet wide, had two decks, and a weight of 1236 tons. Its image inspired at least three of Hartley's Bermuda paintings from 1917.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed and dated (lower left): C. Demuth/1917 –

  • Exhibition History

    "History of an American: Alfred Stieglitz, 291 and After", Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1944

    "The Alfred Stieglitz Exhibition: His Photographs and Collection", The Museum of Modern Art, NY, June 11 - Aug. 31, 1947 (exhibition loan number 47.175)

    "The Stieglitz Collection", Art Institute of Chicago, 1948

    "Charles Demuth," The Metropolitan Museum of Art (LAW, North Mezzanine), May 9 - August 31, 2003