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...And the Home of the Brave

A work made of oil and graphite on fiber board.

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  • A work made of oil and graphite on fiber board.




Charles Demuth
American, 1883–1935

About this artwork

Charles Demuth here portrayed a cigar factory using a sharply linear, planar style inspired by streamlined machinery. The building was part of the industrial landscape in his hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which Demuth began depicting with increasing monumentality in the last years of his life. Although he presented the factory with no reference to the potentially detrimental effects of industrialization, the painting expresses some irony or ambivalence. Demuth drew the title from the last line of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which was adopted as the United States national anthem the year he painted this work, thus implying that for many workers, the factory was the new “home of the brave.”


On View, Gallery 265


Arts of the Americas


Charles Demuth


...And the Home of the Brave


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil and graphite on fiber board


74.8 × 59.7 cm (29 1/2 × 23 1/2 in.)

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Alfred Stieglitz Collection, gift of Georgia O'Keeffe

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