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Nude Torso

A work made of graphite and black pencil, with stumping and erasing, on ivory wove paper, laid down on off-white wove paper.

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  • A work made of graphite and black pencil, with stumping and erasing, on ivory wove paper, laid down on off-white wove paper.

Date:

c. 1920

Artist:

Charles Sheeler
American, 1883-1965

About this artwork

A painter, photographer, printmaker, and draftsman, Charles Sheeler became the major exponent of Precisionism, a style that employed clean-cut lines, simple forms, and sharp focus. He was part of the New York avant-garde art world that also included Charles Demuth and others associated with Alfred Stieglitz. In his quest for elegant simplification, Sheeler was drawn to a wide variety of sources, from Shaker artifacts to modern industrial architecture. His keen eye and delicate touch oscillate between realism and abstraction in this depiction of a section of a woman’s torso.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Charles Sheeler

Title

Nude Torso

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1903–1922

Medium

Graphite and black pencil, with stumping and erasing, on ivory wove paper, laid down on off-white wove paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed lower right: "84"

Dimensions

11.5 × 16 cm (4 9/16 × 6 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1922.5542

Extended information about this artwork

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