• Photographs auction at Christies

    Sale 12204

    Photographs

    5 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 185

    Charles Sheeler (1883–1965)

    Buggy, Bucks County, c. 1917

    Estimate

    Charles Sheeler (1883–1965)
    Buggy, Bucks County, c. 1917
    gelatin silver print, mounted on original card, printed before 1929
    printed inscription (mount, recto)
    image/sheet: 3 3/8 x 4 3/4 in. (8.5 x 12 cm.)
    mount: 8 x 6 1/2 in. (20.3 x 16.5 cm.)


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    Earl Horter, himself an artist from Philadelphia, was closely acquainted with a generation of local artists and collectors, beginning in 1917 when he moved back to the city after living in New York for 14 years. Horter's collection was largely assembled throughout the 1920s and consisted of works by both European Modern Art champions such as Picasso, Duchamp and Brancusi as well as American artists, such as Charles Sheeler. From the early 1930s until Horter's death in 1940 the collection was dispersed, and many of the works can be found today in major museums around the country including the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Art Institute of Chicago.

    The present image is one of Sheeler's early Bucks County pictures, and is part of a body of work the artist made while weekending at the country house he shared with fellow painter and former art school classmate, Morton L. Schamberg. It was during this time that Sheeler began using photography as an artistic medium, rather than only a means to support his painting career.

    Provenance

    The artist;
    gifted by the above to Earl Horter (1880–1940);
    acquired directly from descendents of the above by the present owner.


    Literature

    Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Norman Keyes, Jr., Charles Sheeler: The Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1988, pl. 22.
    Karen Lucic, Charles Sheeler in Doylestown: American Modernism and the Pennsylvania Tradition, Allentown Art Museum/University of Washington Press, 1997, p. 75.