Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Charles Sheeler: Father of Precisionism


 In the way that each era has its own reflection in art, Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) represented the growth of industry and the American era. In fact, Sheeler is considered to be the founder of the American Modernism or Precisionism Movement.



He was interested in the interplay between photography and painting. It was the basis of his abstract leanings on portraying both rural and modern industrial scenes at their elemental geometric form. Hence, the use of Precision as to the style of the art movement.


From Sheeler's time in Europe, you can see in his paintings the inspiration of the Cubist such as Picasso and Braque. These works were more from the intellectual than the emotional as are the works of sentimentality found in pre-Raphael or the humanity of the Impressionists.





 Even his beloved farm takes on a certain precision in his art. Yet, there's a certain beauty to the deceptively simple, but fully identifiable paintings of Sheeler.

Finally, here's one that incorporates Sheeler's precision, but the unusual is the sense of movement:

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