Charles Sheeler

Charles Sheeler

American, 1883–1965
Composition around White
1959, oil on canvas, 76.2 x 83.8 cm (30 x 33 in.)

Sheeler’s works, with their particular blend of quintessentially American subjects and modern style, often were described as both familiar and abstract. That is especially true in this depiction of a New England barn—his last variation on a theme that had occupied him for decades. The composition, rendered with broad, flat application of color, is based on photomontages the artist made of barns in which he layered negatives to create complex arrangements of superimposed architectural forms.