Doylestown House - the Stove, Pennsylvania

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Doylestown House - the Stove, Pennsylvania


Charles Sheeler (American, 1883 - 1965)






Toned gelatin silver print


22.9 x 16.2 cm (9 x 6 3/8 in.)


Status undetermined

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The wood-burning stove in the center of the image casts its warmth and light into the space of the room and illuminates the scene. The stove is thereby rendered as a silhouette, its pipe a black vertical line rising out of the picture frame. Rather than use the stove as intended, Charles Sheeler placed electric bulbs in the stove's belly to simulate the light from a fire. He created a dramatic contrast of lights and darks, of shadows and highlights that turn the empty room into a graphic composition.

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