Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965

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Painter; Irvington, N.Y.

From the description of Charles Sheeler letter to E.P. Richardson, 1958 Sept. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79265385

From the description of Oral history interview with Charles Sheeler, 1959 June 18 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79269772

Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) was a painter, lithographer, and photographer from Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y.

From the description of Charles Sheeler papers, circa 1840s-1966, bulk 1923-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 430380254

Painter; New York, N.Y.; b. 1883; d. 1965.

From the description of Oral history interview with Charles Sheeler, 1958 Dec. 9 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82780050

Painter, lithographer, photographer; Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y.

From the description of Charles Sheeler letter collection, 1939-1958. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79640723

Sheeler was a painter, lithographer, photographer; Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y.; Crowninshield was an editor at Vogue.

From the description of Charles Sheeler letter to Frank Crowninshield, 1939 Sept. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81954876

Painter, lithographer, photographer; Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y.

b. Philadelphia, Pa., 1883; d. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., 1965.

From the description of Charles Sheeler papers, 1938-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 77901077

Painter, lithographer, photographer; Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y.

b. Philadelphia, Pa., 1883; d. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., 1965.

From the description of Charles Sheeler papers, 1938-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 276394126

Painter, photographer, lithographer and designer, Charles Rettew Sheeler Jr. was born on July 16, 1883 to Mary Cunningham Sheeler and Charles Rettew Sheeler in Philadelphia. He attended the School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia from 1900-1903 and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he studied under William Merritt Chase. He found early success as a painter and exhibited at the Macbeth Gallery in 1908.

Around 1910 Sheeler took up photography, and by 1912 financially supported himself photographing buildings for local Philadelphia architects. The following year, Sheeler exhibited six paintings at the 1913 Armory Show in New York. In the mid 1910s, Sheeler began to collect American antiques, and by the 1920s was actively acquiring Shaker crafts and furniture.

In 1916, Sheeler was hired by Marius de Zayas of the Modern Gallery in New York to photograph objects and artwork. From 1917-1924, he worked as the staff photographer for the Modern Gallery and moved to New York in 1918. In 1920, Sheeler was hired as a still photographer for The Arts Magazine.

In 1926, Sheeler was hired by Edward Steichen to work as a fashion and celebrity photographer for Conde Nast Publications. His photographs were regularly featured in Vogue and Vanity Fair, but Sheeler also worked as a still life photographer for numerous advertising agencies. The following year, he was commissioned by the advertising firm N.W. Ayer and Son to photograph Ford Motor Company's new plant at River Rouge.

While working as a photographer, Sheeler continued to paint and used the subjects and composition of his photographs as a basis for his painting. His paintings Skyscrapers, 1922; Upper Deck, 1929; and American Landscape, 1930 are examples of Sheeler's technique of merging photographic imagery with painting and his overall precisionist style.

In 1931, upon the advice and guidance of Edith Halpert of the Downtown Gallery, Sheeler began to paint more often and to photograph less. Halpert became Sheeler's primarily dealer, and from 1931-1966 regularly exhibited his paintings and drawings. With Halpert's support, Sheeler produced Classic Landscape, 1931; American Interior, 1934; Silo, 1938; Amoskeag Canal, 1948; and Convolutions, 1952. In addition to Sheeler's partnership with Halpert, his work was exhibited by other galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad.

In 1939, Sheeler married his second wife, Musya Metas Sokolova (1908-1981) and, in 1942, the couple moved to Irvington-on-Hudson, New York. Sheeler continued to paint and photograph until he suffered a debilitating stroke in 1959. After 1959, Sheeler remained active exhibiting his artwork until his death on May 7, 1965 in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

From the guide to the Charles Sheeler papers, circa 1840s-1966, bulk 1923-1965, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

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referencedIn Peter A. Juley & Son. Charles Sheeler [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003. Dorothy C. Miller papers, circa 1912-1992, bulk 1959-1984. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Baker, Oliver. [Charles Sheeler, Carl Carmer and others] [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Baker, Oliver. Charles and Musya Sheeler [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Whitney Studio Club. Whitney Studio Club exhibition catalogs and announcements, [undated] and 1916-1930. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965. Charles Sheeler letter to E.P. Richardson, 1958 Sept. 16. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Newman, Arnold, 1918-2006. Arnold Newman photographs of artists, ca. 1940-1960. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Lowenthal, Milton. Milton and Edith Lowenthal papers, 1940-1989. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Demuth, Charles, 1883-1935. Charles Demuth papers, [ca. 1890-1936]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Beaumont and Nancy Newhall papers, 1843-1993, 1929-1993 getty research institute
referencedIn Navas, Elizabeth S., 1885-1979. Elizabeth S. Navas papers, 1939-1963. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn American Federation of Arts. American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1926. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Brooklyn Museum. Listening to pictures : interviews. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Modern Gallery (New York, N.Y.). Modern Gallery exhibition catalogs, [ca. 1915-1920]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Rourke, Constance, 1885-1941. Letter to Mr. Solle [manuscript], 1938 August 3. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965. Charles Sheeler papers, 1938-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf American Artists Group. American Artists Group records, 1934-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Agostini, Peter. Peter Agostini interview, 1968 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Agostini, Peter. Peter Agostini interview, 1968 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965,. Oral history interview with Charles Sheeler, 1959 June 18 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Watson, Forbes, 1880-1960. Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Sheeler, Musya. Charles Sheeler and Bill Lane outdoors with a painting [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, 1965-1968 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Jacob Lawrence Papers, 1937-1971 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Detroit Institute of Arts. The Rouge : the image of industry in the art of Charles Sheeler and Diego Rivera : panel discussion, 1978 Sept. 20. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Arensberg, Walter, 1878-1954. Arensberg archives, 1905-1957. Philadelphia Museum of Art
referencedIn Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969. Ben Shahn papers, 1879-1990 (bulk 1933-1970). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Spaeth, Otto, d. 1966. Otto Spaeth letters, 1953 and [undated]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965. Charles R. Sheeler : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969) Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Sheeler, Musya. Charles Sheeler and Bill Lane [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, [ca. 1965-1968] [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965. Charles Sheeler letter collection, 1939-1958. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Charles Sheeler papers, circa 1840s-1966, bulk 1923-1965 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston sound recordings, 1983 May 18-1984 Feb. 8. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, [ca. 1965-1968] [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Pach, Walter, 1883-1958. Walter Pach papers, 1883-1980. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Dorothy C. Miller papers, circa 1912-1992, bulk 1959-1984 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Sheeler, Musya. Charles Sheeler, Edward Steichen and John Marin [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Neuberger, Roy R. Roy R. Neuberger papers, 1940-1979. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Arensberg, Walter, 1878-1954. Arensberg archives, 1905-1957. Philadelphia Museum of Art
referencedIn Navas, Elizabeth S., 1885-1979. Elizabeth S. Navas papers, 1939-1963. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965. Charles Sheeler letter to Frank Crowninshield, 1939 Sept. 27. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Meyers, Fanette Reider, 1889-1987. Fanette Reider Meyers papers, [ca. 1908-1982]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest), 1892-1970. Henry Ernest Schnakenberg papers, 1905-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Newman, Arnold, 1918-2006. Arnold Newman photographs of artists, ca. 1940-1960. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Watson, Forbes, 1880-1960. Forbes Watson papers, 1900-1950. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Quinn, John, 1870-1924. John Quinn ledgers, 1909-1924. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946. Alfred Stieglitz / Georgia O'Keeffe archive, 1728-1986. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946. Alfred Stieglitz / Georgia O'Keeffe archive, 1728-1986 (bulk 1880-1986). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Ford Motor Company. Engineering Photographic Dept. Photographs for the company series, 1918-1954. The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
creatorOf Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1962-1965, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Dochterman, Lillian, d. 1968. Lillian Dochterman papers, 1960-1968. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn M. de Zayas (Gallery : New York, N.Y.). M. de Zayas exhibition catalogs, 1919-1920. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Walt Kuhn Family papers and Armory Show records, 1859-1978, bulk 1900-1949 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, [ca. 1965-1968] [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965. Charles Sheeler papers, circa 1840s-1966, bulk 1923-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Sheeler, Charles : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
creatorOf Royce, Doris. Doris Royce letters from Charles Sheeler, 1949-1957. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Josephson, Matthew, 1899-1978. Matthew Josephson papers, 1917-1979 (inclusive). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.). Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997. Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman papers, 1863-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Montross Gallery. Montross Gallery exhibition catalogs, 1908-1926. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Walter Pach papers, 1880-1980 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Kuhn, Walt, 1877-1949. Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, 1859-1978, bulk 1900-1949. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Francis, Henry Sayles, 1902-1994. Henry Sayles Francis papers, [ca. 1924-1983]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Charles Sheeler, paintings, drawings, photographs. 1939 : Archives pamphlet file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Ben Shahn papers, 1879-1990, bulk 1933-1970 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Whitney Museum of American Art. Whitney Museum of American Art artists' files and records, 1914-1966. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965,. Oral history interview with Charles Sheeler, 1958 Dec. 9 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Storrs, John Henry Bradley, 1885-1956. John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1837-1987, bulk 1900-1956. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Matthew Josephson papers, 1917-1979 (inclusive) Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Agostini, Peter. Oral history interview with Peter Agostini, 1968. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965. Charles Sheeler papers, 1938-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Wight, Frederick Stallknecht, 1902-. Frederick Stallknecht Wight letters, 1954-1963. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1837-1996, bulk 1900-1956 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.). Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn Museum interviews of artists, [ca. 1965-1968]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997. Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman papers, 1863-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Alfred Stieglitz / Georgia O'Keeffe archive, 1728-1986 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Naumann, Francis M. Marius de Zayas Research Collection for How, When and Why Modern Art Came to New York, ca. 1910-1936. Whitney Museum of American Art, Library
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associatedWith Arensberg, Louise S. (Louise Stevenson), 1879-1953. person
associatedWith Arensberg, Walter, 1878-1954. person
associatedWith Bacon, Peggy, 1895-1987. person
associatedWith Baker, Oliver. person
associatedWith Boignon, Helen W. person
associatedWith Brooklyn Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Cowdrey, Mary Bartlett, 1910-1974, person
associatedWith Craven, George M., 1929- person
associatedWith Crowninshield, Frank, 1872-1947. person
associatedWith Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. person
associatedWith Demuth, Charles, 1883-1935. person
associatedWith Detroit Institute of Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Dochterman, Lillian, d. 1968. person
associatedWith Downtown Gallery corporateBody
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associatedWith Eidlitz, Dorothy person
associatedWith Eidlitz, Dorothy. person
associatedWith Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997. person
associatedWith Ford Motor Company. Engineering Photographic Dept. corporateBody
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associatedWith Friedman, Martin L., person
associatedWith Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970. person
associatedWith Imogen Cunningham person
associatedWith Josephson, Matthew, 1899-1978. person
associatedWith Kuhn, Walt, 1877-1949. person
associatedWith Lane, William H. person
associatedWith Lane, William H. person
associatedWith Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-2000 person
associatedWith Lowenthal, Milton. person
associatedWith M. de Zayas (Gallery : New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Meyers, Fanette Reider, 1889-1987. person
associatedWith Miller, Dorothy Canning person
associatedWith Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003. person
associatedWith Modern Gallery (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Montross Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Naumann, Francis M. person
associatedWith Navas, Elizabeth S., 1885-1979. person
associatedWith Neuberger, Roy R. person
associatedWith Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993. person
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associatedWith Pach, Walter, 1883-1958. person
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associatedWith Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969. person
associatedWith Sheeler, Musya, person
associatedWith Sheeler, Musya, 1908-1981 person
associatedWith Sheeler, Musya photographer. person
associatedWith Spaeth, Otto, d. 1966. person
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associatedWith Whitney Museum of American Art. corporateBody
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Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)--Irvington-on-Hudson
New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--Irvington
New York (State)
United States
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
Subject
Painters--Interviews
Photographers--New York (State)--New York
Painters
Painting, Modern--20th century
Painters--New York (State)--New York
Art--Collectors and collecting
Industrial designers
Photographers
Industrial designers--New York (State)--New York
Art--American (?)--Reproductions
Lithographers--New York (State)--New York
Art, American
Lithographers
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Birth 1883-07-16

Death 1965-05-07

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