Modern and Contemporary Art
Painting VIII (Mechanical Abstraction)Made in United States, North and Central America
Morton Livingston Schamberg, American, 1881 - 1918
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
1950-134-181The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950
LabelThis painting is one of a series of nine images of individual machines that Schamberg made in Philadelphia in 1916. The model for this work was an automated wire stitcher, a machine used in the printing industry for binding books. Schamberg found his sources for such images in illustrated trade catalogues. The elegant austerity of the composition highlights the formal beauty of machinery and foreshadows the Precisionist aesthetic developed by Schamberg’s lifelong friend Charles Sheeler.