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Side of a White Barn, Pennsylvania

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Side of a White Barn, Pennsylvania


Charles Sheeler (American, 1883 - 1965)






Gelatin silver print

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19.4 × 24.4 cm (7 5/8 × 9 5/8 in.)


Status undetermined

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Object Description

Lines and texture define this view of the side of a white barn. In the photographic rendering, the white barn is a soft gray, punctuated by knots in the wood and shadows cast by the uneven boards. In the lower right corner of the image, a small window, a fence, and a chicken standing atop a pile of hay add visual weight yet surrender to the repetitive, vertical domination of the structure. Like every other line, the horizontal line dividing the areas of wood and plaster is drawn without a straight edge.


Charles Sheeler, American, 1883 - 1965

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