Red Cabbages, Rhubarb and Orange

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

Watercolor and graphite on paper
13 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. (35.2 x 50.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
  • Description

    Between 1924 and 1929, Demuth created a number of still life compositions with fruits and vegetables. These late watercolors, including floral studies such as the Museum's Red Poppies, present the still life elements more monumentally than ever before, enlarging their simple forms to fill large sheets of otherwise blank paper. In such fruit and vegetable studies, he seems newly concerned with volume and reflected light off these rounded surfaces. It is interesting to note that during these same years Georgia O'Keeffe introduced her own enormous flower paintings, and Demuth created his series of bold poster portraits that frequently used fruits, vegetables, and plants as attributes of the honoree.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed, dated and inscribed (lower right): Lancaster Pa. C. Demuth '29

  • Exhibition History

    "History of an American: Alfred Stieglitz, 291 and After", Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1944, cat. no. 300

    "The Alfred Stieglitz Exhibition: His Photographs and Collection", The Museum of Modern Art, NY, June 11 - Aug. 31, 1947 (exhibition loan number 47.182)

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

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