Burchfield-Penney Art Center

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Life Cycles: The Charles E. Burchfield Collection


Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967)

December Storm, 1941-60

Watercolor on paper, 40 1/2 x 55 7/8 inches

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Burchfield was born in Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio in 1893, and grew up nearby in the small town of Salem. He graduated from the Cleveland School of Art in 1916. As a young man, the artist painted the rolling countryside and wooded enclaves of northeastern Ohio. Burchfield's passionate devotion to recreating on paper nature's occurrences would become his life's work. Inspired by his rural upbringing, the early watercolors included in the exhibition reveal his attunement to nature -- the rush of wind through the trees in Afternoon in the Grove (1916), the snow-heavy sky in New Moon in January (1918), and the sun's mystical light shining down in Untitled (Gothic Window Trees) (1918).

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967)

Ailanthus Branch in Winter, 1946

Watercolor on paper, 29 x 25 inches

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