Burchfield-Penney Art Center

Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College

Buffalo, NY

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Life Cycles: The Charles E. Burchfield Collection

 

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967)

Camp Road, Jackson, South Carolina, 1918

Watercolor and pencil on paper, 11 3/4 x 8 5/8 inches

The Charles Rand Penney Collection

 

Burchfield, whose primary inspiration was nature and its seasonal shifts, developed themes in cyclical fashion, often returning to earlier concepts and adapting them for more complex uses. American life, the dwindling open countryside, the passage of time, childhood memory, and spirituality are themes that inform his interpretations of : nature. His personal repertoire of motifs abstracted from nature are traced in the exhibition in works ranging from the artist's fanciful doodles to his majestic watercolors.

 

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967)

Untitled (Gothic Window Trees), 1918

Watercolor and pencil on paper, 14 x 10 inches

Burchfield-Penney Art Center

 

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