The Demuth Museum is dedicated to developing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the artwork and legacy of Charles Demuth (1883 -1935), the renowned American modernist painter. The Demuth Museum features a rotation of exhibitions which expands on the artwork and legacy of Charles Demuth and his contemporaries. The museum's permanent collection contains forty Demuth works from throughout the artist's career, along with an extensive archive and library.
As a leader of the American Modernist movement, Demuth is best known as a pioneer of the Precisionist style and a master watercolorist. He is known in part for renderings of his native Lancaster's factories, grain elevators and churches. The collection includes examples of work Demuth produced throughout his life, from a painting he did at age 13, through 1932.
The Museum is located in Demuth's original home -- which served as his permanent studio location throughout his life.
Visitors can also enjoy the Demuth gardens, planted with many of the same flowers cultivated by the artist's mother and featured in the artist's renowned floral works. Historic buildings depicted in Demuth's architectural works can be seen just outside the artist's studio window and in the city beyond. The Demuth Tobacco Shop, the oldest operating shop of its kind in America, and other historic buildings of the Demuth Complex are all open to the public.
The museum is closed between scheduled exhibits, and closes for the month of January.
Whether you go or not, Out of the Chateau: Works from the Demuth Museum is the first comprehensive publication of any museum's holdings of Demuth's art. In this catalogue, Demuth Museum Executive Director Anne M. Lampe discusses Demuth's contributions to early American modernism, along with the artist's unique relationship with his native Lancaster. Also included are an updated selected exhibition history and bibliography, which are the first in twenty years to be published on Demuth.