American Charles Sheeler was born in Philadelphia
and studied in the School of Industrial Art
and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in
Philadelphia. Although he supported himself
at that time as an architectural photographer,
he dabbled in painting on weekends. During the
1920s, Sheeler was associated with a group of
painters called the Precisionists, known for
their realistic style of painting.
He focused strongly on industrial subjects and
was a distinguished photographer of machines.
He perfected a method of achieving a photographic
quality with paint. Even when he painted in
an abstract style he was still concerned with
achieving absolute accuracy and exactness in