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Pertaining to Yachts and Yachting

Charles Sheeler, American, 1883 - 1965

Made in New York, New York, United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

20 × 24 1/16 inches (50.8 × 61.1 cm) Framed: 26 1/4 × 30 3/8 × 1 7/8 inches (66.7 × 77.2 × 4.8 cm)

Research inconclusive. Copyright may apply.

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Margaretta S. Hinchman, 1955

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In the early 1920s, the photographer Paul Strand proposed a film project to Charles Sheeler (his collaborator on the 1920 film Manhatta) involving the New York Yacht Club. Never a sportsman, Sheeler may have studied the sailboats at the yacht club in anticipation of this never-realized film. One of several works on this subject, the Cubist-inspired Pertaining to Yachts and Yachting eloquently suggests the swift movement of several large vessels in the ocean, giving the viewer what one scholar called a "full yachting experience."