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Charles Sheeler




 


Charles Sheeler

born July 16, 1883, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.
died May 7, 1965, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.


American painter who is best known for his precise renderings of industrial forms in which abstract, formal qualities were emphasized.

Sheeler studied at the School of Industrial Art in Philadelphiaand then at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He contributed six paintings, mainly still lifes, to the New York Armory Show of 1913.

To make a living, Sheeler turned to photography about 1912. Initially he worked on assignments from Philadelphia architects. He moved to New York City in 1919 and the next year collaborated with the photographer Paul Strand on a film, Mannahatta, a study of the buildings of the city. During the early 1920s he received recognition for both his paintings and his photography. In 1927 he made an outstanding series of photographs of the Ford Motor Company's plant at River Rouge, Mich. This assignment was followed in 1929 by a series on the Chartres cathedral, France.

In 1929 he painted one of his best-known pictures, “Upper Deck” (Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Mass.), which has been acclaimed for its pristine, geometric surfaces. “Rolling Power” (1939; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Mass.), another major work, emphasized the abstract power of the driving wheels of a locomotive. Sheeler also treated architectural subjects in his abstract-realist style. His later works tended toward a less literal rendering of their subjects.

 

 

 


Self-Portrait


 

 View of  New York


 

Still Life and Shadows
1924


 

Lhasa - (Charles Sheeler - 1916

Plums on a Plate
1910


 

Zinnias in a Bowl
1918


 

Composition Around White


 

Winter Window
1941


 

Skyscrapers


 

Rolling Power


 

Chrysanthemums


 

View of Central Park


 

River Rouge Plant


 

American Landscape



 

Classic Landscape


 

Suspended Power



 

Windows



 

 River Rouge Industrial Plant


 

Bucks County Barn


 

Church Street



 

Canones



 

Delmonico Building



 

Spring Interior


 

Interior


 

Conversation, Sky and Earth


 

Viento, mar y vela



 

Home Sweet Home



 

The Artist Looks at Nature



 

Doylestown House - The Stove

Photo, 1916


 

Aldous Huxley

Photo,1926


 

Chartres
Photo, 1929


 

Wheels

Photo, 1939
 

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