Charles Demuth’s Early Influences on View at the Demuth Museum

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LANCASTER, PA.- The Demuth Museum’s new exhibition features the early influences and childhood art work of Charles Demuth. Demuth, who was born in Lancaster in 1883, grew up in a home in which his early artistic talent was recognized and encouraged by his family. Demuth continued to find inspiration in Lancaster throughout his entire artistic career, consistently returning to the city for his primary subject matter and to work in his studio here on East King Street. Charles’s mother, Augusta, encouraged her son’s talents through childhood play and by teaching him needlework. Demuth learned how to work with a burin, paint on china, and studied painting and drawing with local artists. Charles’s father, Ferdinand, also played a major role in influencing his son’s talents. Ferdinand, an amateur photographer, would include Charles on his sojourns with the camera club to the countryside. Ferdinand also to