Monday, April 30, 2012

The Bold Five

I Saw the Figure Five in Gold by Charles Demuth, 1928, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The subject of this painting is the poet William Carlos Williams whose poem The Red Wheelbarrow is a favorite among literature students because it is short and sweet. Demuth created a series of abstract portraits of friends including Williams which he called Poster Portraits.

3 comments:

Patent Attorney said...

The endless five - like mirrors reflecting into each other - very interesting.

Anonymous said...

It is my understanding Demuth's "I saw the Figure 5 in Gold" was inspired by the William Carlos Williams' poem, "The Great Figure"

Among the rain
and lights
I saw the figure 5
in gold
on a red
fire truck
moving
tense
unheeded
to gong clangs
siren howls
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city

both of which are favorites of mine. ~Anonymous

Anonymous said...

Demuth's "I saw the figure 5 in Gold, was inspired by William Carlos Williams' poem, "The Great Figure"

Among the rain
and lights
I saw the figure 5
in gold
on a red
fire truck
moving
tense
unheeded
to gong clangs
siren howls
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city

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