American Interior Artist: Charles Sheeler (American, 1883–1965)


American Paintings and Sculpture

On view, 3rd floor, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design

Charles Sheeler based American Interior 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.


Oil on canvas


33 1/4 × 30 1/4 in. (84.5 × 76.8 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Paul Moore

Accession Number



20th century


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Fanny Hanna Moore (1885–1980), Morristown, N.J., to 1947; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1947
  • American Art: Selections from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2023), 220–21, no. 104, ill
  • James H. Maroney, Jr., Fresh Perspectives on Grant Wood, Charles Sheeler, and George H. Durrie (Leicester, Vt.: Gala Books, Ltd., 2019), 170, ill
  • Donald Albrecht et al., Charles Sheeler Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form, ed. Kirsten M. Jensen, exh. cat. (Philadelphia: James A. Michener Art Museum, 2017), 49, fig. 3.2
  • Jessica Todd Smith, "Charles Sheeler: Views of Home," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2015), 110, fig. 1
  • Keely Orgeman, "Side by Side: Horace Pippin at Edith Halpert's Downtown Gallery," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2014), 36–41, fig. 2
  • Kristina Wilson, "Ambivalence, Irony, and Americana: Charles Sheeler's "American Interiors"," Winterthur Portfolio (2011), 255, fig. Fig. 4
  • Charles Brock, Charles Sheeler: Across Media, exh. cat. (Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2006), 15, fig. 6
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Object/Work type

still lifes


Signed lower right "Sheeler 1934"

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