Charles Sheeler (1883-1965)

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Sheeler, Amoskeag Canal, 1948

Amoskeag Canal, 1948

Charles Sheeler was an influential painter who helped to found the Modernist movement in the United States. Sheeler was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sheeler was interested in art from an early age, and enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). Sheeler had the privilege of studying under William Merritt Chase, who instructed several prominent artists of the twentieth century.

Sheeler, River Rouge Plant, 1932

River Rouge Plant, 1932

After completing his studies at PAFA, Sheeler travelled to Europe. Sheeler gravitated to the art scene in Paris at a time when Cubism was the greatest trend. Sheeler was attracted to the avant-garde styles he experienced abroad, but did not think he could receive a livable income making experimental paintings. When Sheeler returned to the United States, he started his own business in commercial photography. Sheeler, who did not have a background as a photographer, taught himself how to use a Brownie and developed professional techniques.

Sheeler, Upper Deck

Upper Deck

Sheeler often retreated to a 19th century, farmhouse in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The house was used as a studio, and the setting for numerous photography projects. Sheeler began painting in precisionist, linear fashion, which complimented his photographs. After being hired as a photographer for Ford Motor Co., Sheeler concentrated on depicting machinery and industrial architecture. Sheeler depicted industrial structures as if they were the new concrete temples of America. While the paintings appeared to be anti-humanist, Sheeler would often include a tiny, obscured figure in his compositions, dwarfed by the surrounding industrial world.

Sheeler, On Shaker Theme #2, 1956

On Shaker Theme #2, 1956

When Sheeler enjoyed his time in Doylestown, he spent many years living in New York City. In 1920 Sheeler collaborated with the photographer, Paul Strand on the film, Mannhatta. The film was a study and commentary on urban high-rise environments, specifically portraying Manhattan. The film was adapted from Walt Whitman writings.

Sheeler, Canyons, 1951

Canyons, 1951

Sheeler, Church Street El, 1920

Church Street El, 1920

In 1938, Sheeler was commissioned by Fortune magazine to create a series of images documenting power stations across the country. Sheeler travelled to industrial power zones, producing a series of six paintings called Power. Among the most impressive of these images may have been the turbines in Brooklyn, New York at the world’s largest steam power plant.

Sheeler, Black and white photograph

Black and white photograph

Sheeler, Water, 1945

Water, 1945

In Sheeler’s photographs and paintings, industrial America is portrayed as extraordinary and majestic, rather than a tragic age of destruction. Sheeler’s paintings impressed both the American working class and company owners, experiencing the industrial revolution first-hand.

Sheeler, Classic Landscape, 1931

Classic Landscape, 1931

Sheeler, Yankee Clipper

Yankee Clipper

Sheeler, Ballardvale, 1946

Ballardvale, 1946

Sheeler, Upstairs, 1938

Upstairs, 1938

Sheeler, Ore into Iron, 1953

Ore into Iron, 1953

Sheeler, Aerial Gyrations, 1953

Aerial Gyrations, 1953

The work of Charles Sheeler has been reproduced numerous times for commercial art. His precisely painted factories and turbines have become iconic in American visual culture. Sheeler’s original work is now in major museums, private collections around the world. Do you think you own a painting by Charles Sheeler? Contact us. We are the experts on Charles Sheeler.