American Paintings and Sculpture
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Artist: Charles Sheeler, American, 1883–1965

American Interior

1934

Oil on canvas

84.5 x 76.8 cm (32 1/2 x 30 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Paul Moore
1947.424

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<P dir=ltr align=left>Charles Sheeler based <I>American Interior </I>on a photograph, which he had taken from above, of the living room of his former home in South Salem, New York. He designed the painting with the eye of a photographer, using a cropped composition, an oblique view, precise contours, and contrasts of light and dark. He interwove this modernist vision with his response to the purity of forms and patterns in handmade objects from the American past, such as the simple Shaker designs in the box, textiles, and chair.</P></SPAN>

Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Status: 
On view
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