Poetry in Art: I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold by Charles Demuth

Charles Demuth’s fabulous painting, I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold, was inspired by his friend William Carlos Williams’ poem, The Great Figure.  The artwork is full of references to the poem and poet.

I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold by Charles Demuth, 1928

I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold by Charles Demuth, 1928. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

It’s always nice to see artists inspiring other artists, especially when they work in different mediums.

The Great Figure by William Carlos Williams

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4 thoughts on “Poetry in Art: I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold by Charles Demuth

    • Of course! I thought that it wouldn’t be fair to post the art without sharing the poem. I adore this painting–it is definitely one of my faves from the 20th century.

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