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American Paintings and Sculpture
Artist: Morton Livingston Schamberg, American, 1881–1918

Painting (formerly Machine)


Oil on canvas

30 1/8 × 22 3/4 in. (76.5 × 57.8 cm)
Gift of Collection Société Anonyme
Philadelphia-born Morton Livingston Schamberg’s best-known paintings are based on machine parts, precisely rendered in flat shapes on monochromatic backgrounds. He titled these machinist works simply as Painting. The object depicted here is a binding machine, still commonly used in the printing industry. Like many artists in the New York avant-garde, Schamberg saw machinery as a powerful symbol of modern American culture.
Not on view
20th century

Leah Dickerman et al., Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris, exh. cat. (Washington D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2005).

William C. Agee, Coming of Age, exh. cat. (New York: American Federation of Arts, 2006), 120, ill.

Ruth L. Bohan et al., The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, ed. Jennifer Gross, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 182, 204, ill.

Emma Acker, Sue Canterbury, and Lauren Palmor, Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art, exh. cat. (San Francisco: de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2008), 77, fig. 4.

Debra Bricker Balken, John Storr: Machine-Age Modernisst, exh. cat. (Andover: Boston Athenaeum, 2010), 40, fig. Fig. 15.

Debra Bricker Balken, John Storrs: Machine-Age Modernist, exh. cat. (Boston: Boston Athenaeum, 2010), 40, fig. Fig. 15.

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