壳体有一个农舍宾夕法尼亚州美国多伊尔斯敦39英里以外的费城。他与老朋友分享它的艺术家莫顿Schamberg(1881 - 1918),他的死亡1918年流感大流行.19世纪他很喜欢家里的火炉,他称之为“同伴”,他的照片的主题。农舍有突出的作用在他的许多照片,包括卧室,厨房和楼梯的镜头。一度援引他称之为“我的修道院。”
Charles Rettrew Sheeler Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, attending the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art, now the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), from 1900 to 1903, and then the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied under William Merritt Chase. He found early success as a painter and exhibited at the Macbeth Gallery in 1908. Most of his education was drawing and other applied arts. He went to Italy with other students. Where he was intrigued by the Italian painters of the Middle Ages such as Giotto and Piero della Francesca. Later he was inspired by works of Cubist artists like Picasso and Braque In 1909, he went to Paris, just when the popularity of Cubism was skyrocketing as he was inspired by works of Cubist artists like Picasso and Braque.Returning to the United States, he realized that he would not be able to make a living with Modernistpainting. Instead, he took up commercial photography, focusing particularly on architectural subjects. He was a self-taught photographer, learning his trade on a five dollar Brownie. When starting out, he was dramatically impacted by the death of his close friend named Schamberg who paints great machine paintings that portrays technology in a great light. He became to admire the technology. His first use of technology was photography in order to support himself as a painter, making him self-taught in the medium. His work made him prominent in describing human progress with modern technology iconic.
Sheeler owned a farmhouse in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, about 39 miles outside Philadelphia. He shared it with his longtime friend the artist Morton Schamberg (1881–1918), who died in the influenza epidemic of 1918. He was so fond of the home's 19th century stove that he called it his "companion" and made it a subject of his photographs. The farmhouse serves a prominent role in many of his photographs, including shots of the bedroom and kitchen and stairway. At one point he was quoted as calling it "my cloister."
Sheeler painted using a technique that complemented his photography. He was a self-proclaimed Precisionist, a term that emphasized the linear precision he employed in his depictions. As in his photographic works, his subjects were generally material things such as machinery and structures. He was hired by the Ford Motor Co. to photograph and make paintings of their factories.