Charles Sheeler was becoming established as a talented painter when, in 1910, he acquired a large-format camera. The vernacular structures of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he rented a Quaker house, were a major source of inspiration for him. Sheeler felt a deep attraction toward the geometric elegance of his home, while the local barns appealed for their materials. Recognized for its radical composition and sheer beauty, this image would gain iconic status in the history of modernist American photography. It was chosen for the landmark 1929 Film und Foto exhibition in Stuttgart. Possibly Paul Strand had this photograph in mind when he made Barn, Gaspé.