A realistic painter as well as a photographer, Sheeler rarely failed to uncover harmonious coherence in the forms of indigenous American architecture. His series of photographs of the Ford plant near Detroit was commissioned by the automobile company through an advertising agency. Widely reproduced in Europe and America in the 1920s, this commanding image of technological utopia became a monument to the transcendent power of industrial production in the early modern age.
Inscription: Signed in pencil on mount, recto, beneath image: "Charles Sheeler."; inscribed in pencil on mount, verso, top right: "EL 78.232"; bottom left: "Charles Sheeler 'River Rouge' 1927"
[...]; Van Deren Coke, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1944); John C. Waddell, New York (March 18, 1984)