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Study for American Interior, 1934

ca. 1934 Charles Sheeler Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1883 Died: Dobbs Ferry, New York 1965 watercolor, opaque watercolor and pencil on paper sheet: 3 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. (9.8 x 8.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution 1982.90 Not currently on view

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In Study for American Interior, 1934, Sheeler worked out spatial and color relationships for a painting of the same title. The composition showcases objects from the artist’s home in South Salem, New York. The rag rugs and turned-post Shaker bed reveal Sheeler’s appreciation of early American furniture and crafts. The shadows cast by the streaming sunlight carve the space into an abstract composition of angular forms that echo the patterns in the textiles. The red, white, and blue palette of this small watercolor reinforces the American theme.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009


Architecture Interior - domestic

Object - furniture - chair

Object - furniture - table

Object - other - dish

Object - other - rug

Object - other - vase


paint - gouache

paint - watercolor