Lot 47
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Charles Demuth 1883 - 1935

80,000 - 120,000 USD
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  • Charles Demuth
  • In Vaudeville: Comediennes (Vaudeville Comediennes)
  • signed C. Demuth and dated 1917 (lower left); also inscribed For Tyson because it was a Renoir! (lower right)
  • watercolor and pencil on paper
  • 10 1/2 by 8 inches
  • (26.7 by 20.3 cm)


Carroll S. Tyson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (gift from the artist)
By descent to the present owner (his daughter)


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Heritage Center of Lancaster County; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pennsylvania Modern: Charles Demuth of Lancaster, July 1983-January 1984, no. 8, p. 33, illustrated
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, Columbus Museum of Art; San Francisco, California, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Charles Demuth, October 1987-October 1988, illustrated pl. 23, p. 84

Catalogue Note

During an especially prolific period from the mid-1910s through the early 1920s, Demuth executed a group of watercolors that capture the exuberance and variety of the vaudeville stage. In the years after the Civil War, vaudeville emerged as one of America's favorite forms of entertainment, which included acts by ventriloquists, contortionists, barbershop quartets and, as demonstrated in the present work, comediennes. The original owner of In Vaudeville: Comediennes was Carroll S. Tyson, a painter and important collector of Impressionists such as Paul Cézanne and Pierre Auguste Renoir.