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Class [controlled]: paintings American art
*Work Type [link]: painting
*Title: The Figure 5 in Gold Title Type: preferred
Title: Five in Gold Title Type: alternate
Title: I Saw the Figure Five in Gold Title Type: alternate
*Creator Display: Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935)
*Role [link]: painter [link]: Demuth, Charles
*Creation Date Display: 1928 [controlled]: Earliest: 1928 Latest: 1928
*Subjects [links]: portrait William Carlos Williams (American poet, 1883-1963) The Great Figure (poem) industry five (number) fire engine
Style [link]: Futurist Cubist
Culture [link]: American
*Current Location Display [link]: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York; New York, United States) ID: 49.59.1
*Measurements: 90.2 x 76.2 cm (35 1/2 x 30 inches)
[controlled]: Value: 90.2 Unit: cm Type: height | Value: 76.2 Unit: cm Type: width
*Materials and Techniques: oil on cardboard
Material [links]: oil paint cardboard Technique [links]: painting
Description: In the 1920s Demuth produced a series of poster-portraits honoring his contemporaries, inspired by Gertrude Stein’s word-portraits. This painting pays homage to a poem by William Carlos Williams, “The Great Figure.” This “portrait” consists not of a physical likeness of the poet, but of images associated with him, the poet’s initials, and the names “Bill” and “Carlos.” Williams’ poem describes the experience of seeing a red fire engine with the number 5 painted on it racing through the city streets.
Description Source [link]: Metropolitan Museum of Art online. www.metmuseum.org (accessed 29 July 2006).
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