Bermuda No. 2, The Schooner

Charles Demuth American

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While in Bermuda, Demuth expanded upon the Cubo-Futurist style that he had begun to experiment with a few months earlier in Provincetown, Massachusetts (where Marsden Hartley also summered). The presence of the French Cubist, Albert Gleizes, in Bermuda that winter may have further inspired his explorations in this direction, resulting in a number of compositions made up of multiple intersecting lines and planes. The triangular rays that fill this sheet define the three masts, sails, and hull of a large ship bearing a Danish flag. The ship, Elsa, was docked in St. George for repairs during the winter of 1916–17, and would have been an impressive sight as it measured 190 feet long and 37 feet wide, had two decks, and a weight of 1236 tons. Its image inspired at least three of Hartley's Bermuda paintings from 1917.

Bermuda No. 2, The Schooner, Charles Demuth (American, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1883–1935 Lancaster, Pennsylvania), Watercolor and graphite on paper

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