At the Demuth Museum, you will get a grand tour of the famous namesake painter’s former studio and home. Discover Charles Demuth watercolors and paintings along with a lovely garden at the back of the museum and a history of the American artist. This is a great way to spend a rainy day during your vacation to Lancaster County or a vivid tour stop for the art lover. Read on to discover more about the local Demuth Museum!
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A History of Charles Demuth
Charles Demuth is an American painter and watercolorist who was born in Lancaster in 1883. During his life, he became known for developing a style of painting known as Precisionism, turning to oils late in his career. He spent most of his lifetime in Lancaster, suffering from lameness at an early age and severe diabetes later on. Rising through the hardships, Demuth graduated from Franklin and Marshall Academy and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He even traveled to Paris to be a part of the avant-garde scene. Throughout his life, Demuth produced over a thousand works of art. This includes the well-known “My Egypt,” which was inspired by grain elevators in Lancaster. He created most of this artwork in his Lancaster home in a small second-floor studio overlooking the garden.
During your tour of the Demuth Museum, you will discover a variety of collections and exhibitions featuring Charles’ history and artwork. His evolving style and pioneering artistic achievements are celebrated throughout the Lancaster museum. His personal life is also revealed as you wander through not only his art studio but his home. The flowers in the garden are even the same that were cultivated by Demuth’s mother and featured in his renowned floral works. Historical buildings depicted in his paintings are not far away either. You can spot some of them from his studio window and in the city beyond. You can even visit them as well, such as the Demuth Tobacco Shop, the oldest operating shop of its kind in America. Keep stepping back in time as you travel down this path to the past!
You Can Also Explore the Lancaster Museum of Art
For more local artwork, visit the Lancaster Museum of Art. Reflective of the cultural and arts renaissance taking place in Lancaster, this museum features some fabulous exhibitions. Visual arts are in full display, from paintings to drawings to photography to ceramics. Keep your art tour alive by touring the Lancaster Museum of Art after the Demuth Museum!
After the Art, Depart to Historic Smithton
Our historic inn in the heart of Amish countryside is the perfect retreat after a day of touring local art. The Historic Smithton Inn features beautiful unique guest rooms ideal for a romantic getaway. Explore the beautiful sites and scenes of Lancaster County with your special someone. Then, relax at the end of the day by a roaring fireplace while curled up in your handcrafted bed. Our rooms feature some interesting artwork as well that just might pique your interest! Discover more when you visit our boutique hotel in Ephrata.