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I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold

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I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold

I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold
Artist Charles Demuth
Year 1928
Location Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States of America

I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold, also known as The Figure 5 in Gold,[1] is a 1928 painting by American artist Charles Demuth. It has been described as influenced by Futurism and Cubism.[2] Painted as an homage to Demuth's friend William Carlos Williams,[3] the painting references Williams' poem The Great Figure,[4] which describes a fire engine speeding through the streets of a city (possibly New York[1]) on a rainy night. The painting's title is a phrase from the poem.


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  3. ^ "I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold".  
  4. ^ "The Great Figure by William Carlos Williams".  

External links

  • The United States of America, a catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on this painting (p.127)
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