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Image of Composition Around Red, Pennsylvania

Charles Sheeler
American, 1883–1965

Composition Around Red, Pennsylvania


Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American, Pennsylvania
26 in. x 33 1/4 in. (66.04 cm x 84.46 cm)
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Accession Number: 1989.0002.0038

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, The Blount Collection

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Over the course of his long career, Charles Sheeler cycled through phases of abstraction and representation, but he always retained his signature simple, planar forms, cleanly painted with an unmodulated, smooth surface. "Composition Around Red, Pennsylvania", is a late work that exhibits this hard-edged approach to form within a shallow space.

Sheeler used an inventive procedure in the works he painted from the mid-1940s to the end of his career. First, he transferred photographically derived images onto glass or Plexiglas plates, which he would superimpose in order to create a new composition. Applying tempera paints to this construction, Sheeler worked out the chromatic relationships, which, as the title of this image suggests, are paramount to his compositional process. As a final step, he would transfer the resulting composite image to canvas.

American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2006, cat. no. 65, p. 162.

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