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The Shower
By Charles Sheeler (1883-1965)
Signed and dated ‘Charles Sheeler 48’
Tempera and watercolour on paper; laid-down on board
Size: 17.8 x 24.8 centimetres (7 x 9.75 inches)
Estimated price: $30,000-50,000

The American artist, Charles Sheeler (1883-1965), is recognised as one of the founders of American Modernism. He studied first at the School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia (1900-1903), where he received instruction in industrial drawing and the applied arts, and then at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1903-1906), where he studied with the prominent American impressionist, William Merritt Chase, and received traditional training in drawing and painting.

Sheeler exhibited in important group shows such as The Armory Show of 1913 and formed lasting professional relationships with important figures in the New York art world, including Alfred Stieglitz and the artist and gallerist, Marius de Zayas. By the point at which he executed the current painting, The Shower, in 1948, appreciation of his work was firmly established and a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art had already been held almost a decade earlier in 1939. This painting points towards the transition that Sheeler made as he moved into the 1950s when he developed his most distinctive style, reducing objects to flat planes with significantly pared down detail.

Christie’s New York Sale of Fine American Painting, Drawings and Sculpture will take place on March 1, 2012. For further information please visit http://www.christies.com.

First printed in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on February 26, 2012.