Fish Series, No. 1

Charles Demuth (American, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1883–1935 Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
Watercolor and graphite on paper
8 x 9 7/8 in. (20.3 x 25.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
Not on view
The colorful tropical fish in the waters around Bermuda are featured in a large series of whimsical watercolors, of which the Museum owns five. Although they look imaginary, they accurately reproduce the markings and shapes of identifiable species. At other times, between 1915 and 1918, Demuth is reported to have frequented the New York Aquarium, then in Battery Park.
Inscription: Signed and dated (upper right): C. Demuth 1917–
the artist (from 1917; by 1935 to Stieglitz); Alfred Stieglitz, New York (by 1935–d. 1946; his estate, 1946–49; gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "20th Century Painters: A Special Exhibition of Oils, Water Colors and Drawings Selected from the Collections of American Art in the Metropolitan Museum," June 16–October 29, 1950, unnum. brochure (p. 14).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Charles Demuth," May 9–August 31, 2003, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe," October 13, 2011–January 2, 2012, no. 49.

Emily Farnham. "Charles Demuth: His Life, Psychology, and Works." PhD diss., Ohio State University, Columbus, 1959, vol. 1, pp. 298-99, vol. 2, pp. xiii, 510, 796, no. 259, fig. 40.

Lisa Mintz Messinger in Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe. The Alfred Stieglitz Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Lisa Mintz Messinger. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2011, pp. 94, 255, no. 49, ill. (color).