Doylestown House - the Stove, Pennsylvania

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Object Details

Title:

Doylestown House - the Stove, Pennsylvania

Artist/Maker(s):

Charles Sheeler (American, 1883 - 1965)

Culture:

American

Date:

1917

Medium:

Toned gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

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

Copyright:

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.

Exhibitions
Experimental Photography: The Painter-Photographer (July 5, 1989 to October 7, 1990)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), July 5 to September 26, 1989
  • Williams College Museum of Art, (Williamstown), July 28 to October 7, 1990
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
The American Tradition and Walker Evans (July 10 to October 28, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 10 to October 28, 2001
Photographers of Genius (March 16 to July 25, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16 to July 25, 2004
Bibliography

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 307, ill.