Friday, May 3, 2013

I Saw the Figure Five in Gold

I Saw the Figure Five in Gold by Charles Demuth is a painting representing a fire truck. It references a William Carlos Williams poem about a Fire Engine speeding through the streets of a city. The painting is one of a series of eight abstract portraits of friends that Demuth made between 1924 and 1929, which were exhibited at Alfred Stieglitz's gallery 291

This is the poem that inspired this painting:
Among the rain
and lights
I saw the figure 5
in gold
on a red
to gong clangs
siren howls
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city.

Here is some more about Charles Demuth:
Here is more about the author of the poem:


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