Untitled is an example of the figurative work that Robert Indiana, then known as Robert Clark, produced as a student at Arsenal Technical High School. There he was introduced to American regionalist painters such as Charles Sheeler, Edward Hopper, and Reginald Marsh.
The impact of Marsh’s work, which often depicts scenes from everyday life in New York City, can be seen in Clark’s high school works capturing everyday scenes from Indianapolis and its surrounding towns. This watercolor features a corner grocery store and the daily activity surrounding it. Also visible is an early interest in signs, which would come to play a significant role in Indiana’s art.