Lot 36
  • 36

CHARLES SHEELER | Prelude to Winter

600,000 - 800,000 USD
bidding is closed


  • Charles Sheeler
  • 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)


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)


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)


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)