- Carol Troyen
Sheeler, Charles (16 July 1883–07 May 1965), painter and photographer, was born Charles Rettew Sheeler, Jr., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Charles Rettew Sheeler, an employee of the Clyde Line of Norfolk, a steamship company, and Mary Cunningham. His family was solidly middle class. After attending local high schools Sheeler (with his parents’ encouragement) attempted to enroll at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts but was dissuaded by its director. He instead began his artistic training at the School of Industrial Art, affiliated with the Pennsylvania (now Philadelphia) Museum of Art. Three years later, in 1903, he again sought training at the Pennsylvania Academy. There he met Morton Schamberg, with whom he worked closely for the next fifteen years. Both students came under the influence of ...