The American artist Charles Burchfield was born on this day in 1893.
Burchfield painted mainly in watercolor, a medium he used to develop an expressive visual iconography that incorporates various shapes and calligraphic markings to capture his profound respect for nature. His depictions of the landscape are often referred to as transcendental, a quality he believed was present in the natural world and led him to approach his work with the idea that the mysteries of nature could help him reveal his inner emotions. Sun and Rocks, 1918–50, explores the theme of apocalyptic beauty, a scene Burchfield describes thus: “Shining from the deep blue cavernous sky, the spring sun—our great day-time star—floods the scene with brilliant light that will heal the wounds of earth and bring forth new life…” Sun and Rocks is on view through October 5, 2014, as part of the exhibition Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape.
Charles Burchfield (American, 1893–1967)Sun and Rocks, 1918–50Watercolor and gouache on paper40 x 56 inches (101.6 x 142.24 cm)Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New YorkRoom of Contemporary Art Fund, 1953 

The American artist Charles Burchfield was born on this day in 1893.

Burchfield painted mainly in watercolor, a medium he used to develop an expressive visual iconography that incorporates various shapes and calligraphic markings to capture his profound respect for nature. His depictions of the landscape are often referred to as transcendental, a quality he believed was present in the natural world and led him to approach his work with the idea that the mysteries of nature could help him reveal his inner emotions. Sun and Rocks, 1918–50, explores the theme of apocalyptic beauty, a scene Burchfield describes thus: “Shining from the deep blue cavernous sky, the spring sun—our great day-time star—floods the scene with brilliant light that will heal the wounds of earth and bring forth new life…” Sun and Rocks is on view through October 5, 2014, as part of the exhibition Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape.

Charles Burchfield (American, 1893–1967)
Sun and Rocks, 1918
–50
Watercolor and gouache on paper
40 x 56 inches (101.6 x 142.24 cm)
Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1953 

Elements of Color: YellowOur Elements of Color series highlights works from our Collection that evoke a dominant color in their composition. 
Charles E. Burchfield (American, 1893–1967) worked as a wallpaper designer in Buffalo. He was inspired by the streets, harbors, rail yards, and countryside surrounding the city. The East Wind, 1918, is one of his earlier works. He graduated from the Cleveland School of Art only two years before he painted it. Even at this early stage, Burchfield’s themes, which later become the focus of his work, are clear in The East Wind. The work, depicting a blustering storm approaching a small house that seems to be in the middle of a yellow countryside, shows his interest in fantasy scenes and landscapes.
Image: Charles Burchfield (American, 1893–1967). The East Wind, 1918. Watercolor on paper; 18 x 22 1/2 inches (45.72 x 57.15 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear, 1966.

Elements of Color: Yellow

Our Elements of Color series highlights works from our Collection that evoke a dominant color in their composition. 

Charles E. Burchfield (American, 1893–1967) worked as a wallpaper designer in Buffalo. He was inspired by the streets, harbors, rail yards, and countryside surrounding the city. The East Wind, 1918, is one of his earlier works. He graduated from the Cleveland School of Art only two years before he painted it. Even at this early stage, Burchfield’s themes, which later become the focus of his work, are clear in The East Wind. The work, depicting a blustering storm approaching a small house that seems to be in the middle of a yellow countryside, shows his interest in fantasy scenes and landscapes.

Image: Charles Burchfield (American, 18931967). The East Wind, 1918. Watercolor on paper; 18 x 22 1/2 inches (45.72 x 57.15 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear, 1966.
Snow: A Mini-series
The sun is shining now on our snowy city, much like in Charles Burchfield’s Winter, East Liverpool, 1927. The artist painted this scene of East Liverpool, Ohio—near his hometown of Salem—when he was in Gardenville, New York, just outside Buffalo.
IMAGE: Charles Burchfield (American, 1893–1967). Winter, East Liverpool, 1927. Oil on canvas, 22 x 32 inches (55.9 x 81.3 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Charles W. Goodyear Fund, 1927.

Snow: A Mini-series

The sun is shining now on our snowy city, much like in Charles Burchfield’s Winter, East Liverpool, 1927. The artist painted this scene of East Liverpool, Ohio—near his hometown of Salem—when he was in Gardenville, New York, just outside Buffalo.

IMAGE: Charles Burchfield (American, 1893–1967). Winter, East Liverpool, 1927. Oil on canvas, 22 x 32 inches (55.9 x 81.3 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Charles W. Goodyear Fund, 1927.