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)

Hill Country at Twilight (Appalachian Evening), 1947

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

Given in honor of Walter J. Tuohy


The 1920s were transitional years for Burchfield. In 1921, the artist moved to Buffalo, where he remained until his death in 1967. From 1921 to 1929 he used his talents to earn a living as a wallpaper designer for M.H. Birge and Sons. Not exhibited with his paintings until recently, Burchfield's wallpapers have received recognition today as fine achievements in the decorative arts. His nature-inspired motifs are evident in the original designs and wallpapers on view in the exhibition, including Field Corn with Morning Glories and Modernistic Pattern, both of 1927. In his paintings of this period, however, he abandoned the intimate view of nature that characterized his works of 1915 to 1919. In lieu of the wilds of marsh or woodland, street scenes and industrial buildings began to predominate his work. These scenes of small town America, seen in such works as Factories (1920) and City Apartment House (1925), first earned Burchfield his national reputation.


Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967)

Spirit of the North Woods , 1952

Conte crayon and ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/16 inches

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