This photograph was made at the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, home that Sheeler shared with fellow painter and photographer Morton Schamberg. The spare geometry of the eighteenth-century Doylestown farmhouse proved an irresistible subject for an artist eager to explore with a camera the radical formal ideas that had impressed him in the paintings of Cézanne, Picasso, and Braque. By lighting the stairwell from below, Sheeler creates a disorienting but orderly work. Elegantly balanced and harmonious, it is a testament to Sheeler's clarity of vision and ability to distill a scene to its essence, a salient feature of the artist's work in all media.
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