I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold

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I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold
Charles Demuth - Figure 5.png
Artist Charles Demuth
Year 1928
Location Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States of America

I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold also known as The Figure 5 in Gold[1] is a 1928 painting by American artist Charles Demuth. It has been described as influenced by Futurism and Cubism.[2] It references a William Carlos Williams poem about a Fire Engine speeding through the streets of a city.[3] The city has been reported as Manhattan on a rainy night.[1]


  1. ^ a b Judith H. Dobrzynski (July 10, 2010). "Where Paint and Poetry Meet". The Wall Street Journal (News Corporation). Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  2. ^ H. W. Janson (2004). History of Art: The Western Tradition. Prentice Hall. p. 1031. ISBN 9780131828957. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • The United States of America, a catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on this painting (p.127)