Gelatin silver print
Image: 23.7 x 18.8 cm (9 5/16 x 7 3/8 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1984.62
Better known for his paintings in the American Precionist style, Charles Sheeler was a pioneering and influential photographer. Mainly self-taught, from 1912 until 1945 he occasionally used commercial photography as a means of support. Bucks County Barn, an early, important work representative of Sheeler's photographic style, features a geometric composition tending toward abstraction, sharp focus, and subtle tonal range. Taken at a time when creative photography was still dominated by the blurred, atmospheric style of pictorialism, the picture contains many of the formal elements that would later characterize contemporary photography.
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