Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Golden Gate

Artist:
Charles Sheeler (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1883–1965 Dobbs Ferry, New York)
Date:
1955
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
25 1/8 in. × 34 in. (63.8 × 86.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 1955
Accession Number:
55.99
Not on view
During a visit to San Francisco, Sheeler took a number of photographs to use for his paintings. This unusual view of the Golden Gate Bridge, painted a few months after he returned east, resulted from superimposing a number of those 35-millimeter slides.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Sheeler. 1955.
[Downtown Gallery, New York, 1955; sold to MMA]

New York. Downtown Gallery. "Exhibition: New Paintings and Sculpture," April 26–May 21, 1955.

New York. Downtown Gallery. "The Recurrent Image," January 31–February 25, 1956, brochure no. 16.

Venice. U. S. Pavilion. "XXVIII Biennale: American Artists Paint the City," June 1–October 1, 1956, no. 38.

New York. Downtown Gallery. "Sheeler: Recent Paintings," March 25–April 19, 1958.

Iowa City. The University of Iowa. "The Quest of Charles Sheeler: 83 Works Honoring His 80th Year," March 17—April 14, 1963, no. 67.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Three Centuries of American Painting," April 9–October 17, 1965, unnum. checklist.

New York. Downtown Gallery. "Sheeler (1983–1965)," May 3–27, 1966.

Cedar Rapids Art Center. "Charles Sheeler: A Retrospective Exhibition," October 25–November 26, 1967, no. 25.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Paintings, Drawings and Watercolors from the Museum's Collections," October 1–December 7, 1969.

Trenton. New Jersey State Museum. "This Land is Your Land," April 10–September 6, 1976, unnumbered cat.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Tribute to a Curator: Robert Beverly Hale," November 16, 1978–March 4, 1979, extended to March 18, 1979, unnum. checklist.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Charles Sheeler: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs," October 13, 1987–January 3, 1988, no. 81.

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. "Charles Sheeler: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs," January 28–April 17, 1988.

San Francisco. M.H. DeYoung Memorial Museum. "Facing Eden : 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area," June 25–September 10, 1995, no. 143.

Roslyn Harbor, N. Y. Nassau County Museum of Art. "American Vanguards," January 21–April 28, 1996, not in catalogue.

Lillian Dochterman in The Quest of Charles Sheeler: 83 Works Honoring His 80th Year. Exh. cat., University of Iowa. Iowa City, Iowa, , p. 32, fig. 23.

A. L. Chanin. "Charles Sheeler: Purist Brush and Camera Eye." ARTNews 54 (Summer 1955), pp. 40, 72, ill., praises the "lyric spirit" of this "daring" abstraction.

Henry Geldzahler. American Painting in the Twentieth Century. New York, 1965, p. 140, ill.

A. L. Chanin. Art Guide/ New York. New York, 1965, p. 99, no. 148.

Lillian Freedgood. An Enduring Image: American Painting from 1665. New York, 1970, ill. p. 299.

Carol Troyen Erica E. Hirshler in Charles Sheeler: Paintings and Drawings. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston, 1987, pp. 210, 212, colorpl. 81.

Patricia Junker in Facing Eden: 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area. Exh. cat., M. H. de Young Memorial Museum. San Francisco, 1995, pp. 72, 206, no. 143, fig. 16 (color).

Kenneth Baker. "San Francisco: 'Facing Eden' M. H. De Young Museum." ARTNews 94 (November 1995), p. 250, review of Exh. San Francisco 1995.

Stephen Bowe and Peter Richmond. Selling Shaker: The Commodification of Shaker Design in the Twentieth Century. Liverpool, England, 2007, p. 53 n. 26.



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