Charles Henry Demuth (1883 - 1935)
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Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Charles Henry Demuth was born into a family established in the tobacco industry. Due to a hip illness, Demuth was bedridden, and only then did his love for art arise. He was taught private lessons in still-life and landscape painting by Martha Bowman. His earliest works were influenced by Chinese art and had a feminine flair to them. After attending Franklin and Marshall Academy, Demuth enrolled in Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry in Philadelphia. He moved to Paris to continue painting at the Academie Moderne, Academie Collars, and the Academie Julieun. A lot of his work was based on different aspects of Lancaster County. In 1919, he was chosen to be a member on the jury of selection and award by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for their annual exhibition of watercolors. Over his lifetime, Demuth created over nine-hundred different works of art and is best known for his still lifes.