12 Facts About Charles Sheeler


Charles Sheeler was an American artist known for his Precisionist paintings, commercial photography, and the avant-garde film, Manhatta, which he made in collaboration with Paul Strand.


Charles Sheeler attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art from 1900 to 1903, and then the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied under William Merritt Chase.


Charles Sheeler found early success as a painter and exhibited at the Macbeth Gallery in 1908.


Charles Sheeler went to Italy with other students, where he was intrigued by the Italian painters of the Middle Ages, such as Giotto and Piero della Francesca.


Charles Sheeler was a self-taught photographer, learning his trade on a five dollar Brownie.


Charles Sheeler owned a farmhouse in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, about 39 miles outside Philadelphia, which he shared with Schamberg until the latter's death.


Charles Sheeler was so fond of the home's 19th century stove that he called it his "companion" and made it a subject of his photographs.

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In 1942, Charles Sheeler joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a senior research fellow in photography, worked on a project in Connecticut with the photographer Edward Weston, and moved with Musya to Irvington-on-Hudson, some twenty miles north of New York.


Charles Sheeler worked for the Metropolitan Museum's Department of Publications from 1942 to 1945, photographing artworks and historical objects.


Charles Sheeler painted in a Precisionist style that complemented his photography and has been described as "quasi-photographic".


In 1920, Charles Sheeler invited photographer Paul Strand to collaborate on a "portrait" of Manhattan in film.


Charles Sheeler was hired by the Ford Motor Company to photograph and make paintings of their factories.