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Delmonico Building

This print represents a quintessential example of American Precisionism in the 1920s. The Delmonico Building, a landmark hotel in New York City at the time, was a towering skyscraper known for its modern setback form. Its clean, hard-edged angularity perfectly matched the Precisionists’ optimistic, machine-age aesthetic; the tower of the hotel (looking up from the sidewalk toward the back) echoed that of an industrial smokestack, or, as one critic called it, “an overgrown grain elevator.” The print’s unusual vantage point and use of light recall Sheeler’s work as an architectural photographer. The print was based on a photograph that he’d taken for Vanity Fair magazine (November 1926).

Charles Sheeler
American, 1883–1965
Delmonico Building
1926
Lithograph on paper
Image: 9 13/16 x 6 3/4 in. (24.9 x 17.1 cm); sheet: 15 x 10 15/16 in.
(38.0 x 27.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 77.70

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