Modern and Contemporary Art
Pertaining to Yachts and Yachting
Charles Sheeler, American, 1883 - 1965
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
1955-96-9Bequest of Margaretta S. Hinchman, 1955
LabelIn 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."