Work Record with Description [Figure 40]

Work Record

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
*Creator display Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935)
*Role [link]: painter | [link]: Demuth, Charles
*Creation Date 1928 | [controlled]: Earliest: 1928; Latest: 1928
*Subjects [links to authorities] portrait • William Carlos Williams (American poet, 1883-1963) • Williams, William
Carlos • "The Great Figure" (poem) • industry • fire • fire engine
*Current Location [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 [link]: oil paint • cardboard
Style [link] : Futurist • Cubist
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. http://www.metmuseum.org (accessed February 1, 2005).

CREDIT: The Figure 5 in Gold, 1928;
Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935);
Oil on cardboard; H. 35-1/2, W. 30 in.
(90.2 x 76.2 cm); The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection,
1949 (49.59.1); Photograph © 1986 The
Metropolitan Museum of Art.