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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SENATOR WILLIAM BENTON, SOLD BY THE ESTATE OF HELEN BOLEY

Charles Sheeler
PRELUDE TO WINTER
Estimate
600,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 615,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SENATOR WILLIAM BENTON, SOLD BY THE ESTATE OF HELEN BOLEY

Charles Sheeler
PRELUDE TO WINTER
Estimate
600,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 615,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

American Art

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Charles Sheeler
1883 - 1965
PRELUDE TO WINTER
signed Sheeler- and dated 1946 (lower right); signed and dated again and titled Prelude to Winter (on the reverse)
tempera and pencil on paperboard
12 by 16 1/8 inches
(30.5 by 41 cm)
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Provenance

The Downtown Gallery, New York
Senator William Benton, New York and Southport, Connecticut, by 1963 (probably acquired from the above)
Helen Boley, Madison, Wisconsin, 1973 (his daughter, by descent)

Exhibited

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Contemporary American Sculpture, Watercolors & Drawings, March-April 1947
Osaka, Japan, World Exposition; Hartford, Connecticut, Wadsworth Atheneum, The Benton Collection: 20th Century American Painting, March 1970-January 1971, no. 22, p. 21, illustrated p. 23
Madison, Wisconsin, Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006-2018 (on long-term loan)

Literature

Lillian Natalie Dochterman, The Stylistic Development of the Work of Charles Sheeler, Ph.D. dissertation, State University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1963, n.p.

Catalogue Note

“Sheeler painted a universe whose various elements relate in perfect harmony. No storm clouds appear in his blue skies; the time of day is never certain. It is always a perfect day. No sign of deterioration is permitted, even in depiction of historical subjects; his portrayals of old barns avoid the picturesque sentimentalism inherent in such subjects; every field is green in his Arcadia. The time is now—the idealized present” (Martin Friedman, “The Art of Charles Sheeler: Americana in a Vacuum,” Charles Sheeler, Washington, D.C., 1968, p. 57)

American Art

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