Happy Birthday Charles Sheeler (1883–1975)! Trained at the School of Industrial Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Charles Sheeler, a Philadelphia native started off his career working in an Impressionist manner similar to his teacher, William Merritt Chase. He would soon adopt a more modernist style, as seen here.
This work, titled “On a Connecticut Theme #
,” depicts a conglomeration of farm buildings in Old Town, Connecticut, about 25 miles from Ridgefield where Sheeler lived. These buildings serve as an example of Sheeler’s technique of stripping images of their individual details in favor of emphasizing abstract geometric forms.
Charles Sheeler, “On a Connecticut Theme #3
(Bucolic Landscape #2)
,” 1958, Tempera on board, 7 ½ x 10 5/8 in., Charles F. Smith Fund