Sketch for Machine Composition #2

  • I. Rice Pereira, Sketch for Machine Composition #2, ca. 1936, pencil and crayon on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.73

Exhibition Label
Sketch for Machine Composition #2 was inspired by the view from the artist’s studio window. “I used to look in at a power house on 16th Street where I was living, to get the feeling of power house; and then made my own.” Fascinated by their functional beauty, Pereira made machines the central focus of her work in the 1930s. In this study for a painting, she presents devices that appear to have been taken apart and reassembled into a fantastic, abstract creation. Although she appreciated the potential of mechanization to transform society, this drawing has menacing overtones that suggest ambivalence.

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

Sketch for Machine Composition #2
ca. 1936
Not on view
sheet: 17 1/2 x 22 5/8 in. (44.5 x 57.5 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost

Mediums Description
pencil and crayon on paper
  • Fantasy
  • Study
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