1945 - 1952

By 1945, Hedda Sterne’s work began to reflect her immediate surroundings, inspired by her feeling that

"the United States was more surrealist, more extraordinary, than anything imagined by the Surrealists."

Between the late 1940s and early 1950s, Hedda Sterne began to focus on the anthropomorphic qualities of machinery, from rural farm equipment in Vermont, to massive contraction cranes in New York. As she would later recall:

"I had a feeling that machines are unconscious self-portraits of  people's psyches: the grasping, the wanting, the aggression that's in a machine."

Hedda Sterne, Moonlight, 1946, Oil on canvas, 36 in. x 24 in.

Hedda Sterne, Stove & Flowers, 1947, Oil on canvas, 40 in. x 30 in.

Hedda Sterne, NY, NY No. X , 1948, Oil on canvas, 31 3/4 in. x 45 1/2 in. (835 x 1185 mm), Collection of Tate, London; Presented by Clara Diament Sujo 2012, T13861

Hedda Sterne, Airport #1, 1948, Oil on canvas, 60 in. x 42 in.; Collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

Hedda Sterne, Airport, 1949, Oil on canvas, 24 in. x 30 in

Hedda Sterne, Machine (Anthropograph No. 13), 1949, Oil on canvas, 30 in. x 40 in.

Hedda Sterne, Machine 5, 1950, Oil on canvas, 51 x 38 1/8 in., Collection of Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Festival of Arts Purchase Fund, 1950-7-1

Hedda Sterne, Structure #IV, 1952, Oil on canvas, 39 3/4 in. x 29 3/4 in.

Hedda Sterne, Interior-Kitchen XIX, 1945, Oil on canvas, 42 in. x 30 1/4 in.

Hedda Sterne, Interior, 1947, Oil on canvas, 40 in. x 30 in.

Hedda Sterne, Outboard Motor, 1948, Oil on canvas, 31 3/4 in. x 23 5/8 in., Collection of The Heckscher Museum of Art; Gift of the artist in memory of Betty Parsons, 1999.28

Hedda Sterne, Untitled [Airplane cockpit], 1949, trace monotype, 15 7/16 × 10 3/8 in., Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from the Print Committee  2007.11

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1949, trace monotype, 19 x 13 1/4 in., Collection of Harvard University Art Museums; gift of the artist, 2005

Hedda Sterne, N.Y., N.Y. #5, c. 1950, Oil on canvas, 36 in. x 26 in.

Hedda Sterne, #45, 1952-1953, Oil on canvas, 60 in. x 36 in.