Business

A work made of oil and graphite on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil and graphite on canvas.

Date:

1921

Artist:

Charles Demuth
American, 1883–1935

About this artwork

In 1921 Charles Demuth returned to his native Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and began painting its industrial landscape. This starkly rectilinear composition depicts a building head-on. In choosing a flat subject that mimics the surface of the canvas, Demuth embraced the modernist ideal of unifying form and content. A member of the Dadaist circle in New York, Demuth also added a touch of characteristic Dada irreverence to his picture, painting a calendar onto the building’s windows to highlight the inherent repetition and boredom of modern business. At his death, Demuth bequeathed Business to his long-time friend and supporter Georgia O’Keeffe.

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American Art

Artist

Charles Demuth

Title

Business

Origin

United States

Date

1921

Medium

Oil and graphite on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed and dated lower right: Demuth / 1921

Dimensions

51 × 61.5 cm (20 × 24 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.529

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