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CHARLES SHEELER | Related Forms II (Continuity #2)

150,000 - 250,000 USD
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  • Charles Sheeler
  • Related Forms II (Continuity #2)
  • signed Sheeler and dated 57 twice (lower right); signed and dated again and titled Related Forms II (on the original backing)
  • tempera on board
  • image: 10 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches (26.7 by 21.6 cm)
  • board: 18 by 15 1/2 inches (45.7 by 19.1 cm)


The Downtown Gallery, New York
Mrs. Agnes E. Meyer, Washington, D.C., by 1968
By descent to the present owner


Washington, D.C., National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Museum of Art; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Charles Sheeler, October 1968-April 1969, no. 164, p. 31, illustrated p. 145

Catalogue Note

Related Forms II (Continuity #2) depicts the blast furnaces of the U.S. Steel plant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which Charles Sheeler photographed in 1952. In this series, Sheeler assumed a low vantage point to capture the soaring heights of the furnaces in a similar manner to his earlier depictions of New York skyscrapers. In the darkroom, Sheeler reversed and superimposed the negatives to construct composite prints, which he later used to create small studies in tempera and larger oils. The subject of Related Forms II (Continuity #2) relates closely to Ore into Iron, his first work from the series, which is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

This work once belonged to Agnes Ernst Meyer, the noted journalist, literary translator, author, and activist. Meyer was a passionate collector and a dedicated advocate of the arts. She was a staunch supporter of Alfred Stieglitz's 291 Gallery, a major donor to the National Gallery of Art, and a founding member of the Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C.