Doylestown House—The Stove

Artist: Charles Sheeler (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1883–1965 Dobbs Ferry, New York)

Date: 1917

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.3 cm (9 1/16 x 6 7/16 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933

Accession Number: 33.43.259

Rights and Reproduction: © The Lane Collection

Description

This photograph was made at the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, home that Charles 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 Bracque. It is an elegantly balanced, harmonious work, 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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