Niles Spencer
American, 1893-1952
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

With a stylistic vocabulary influenced by the flat color planes and faceted forms of Paul Cézanne and the Cubists, Niles Spencer is known for his austere, elegant paintings of pared-down, semi-abstract urban scenes, skyscrapers, factories, and industrial machinery. Like Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth, Spencer is considered a Precisionist for his focus on industrial subjects and for the sharp-edged geometry of his compositions. Uninterested in naturalistic representation, he said: “the deeper meanings of nature can only be captured in painting through disciplined form and design.”

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