Charles Burchfield (American, 1893 - 1967)
1916. Oil on canvas, 20 x 14". 2002.021
Ohio artist Charles Burchfield transformed watercolor into a major medium of expression to rival oil painting in breadth, power, and variety of effects. This work is from the highly esteemed early part of Burchfield’s career. Its setting was inspired by the backyard of the Burchfield family home in Salem, Ohio. The artist’s journals from this time reveal a very introspective personality and a growing sensitivity to the many moods of nature. Burchfield is regarded as one of the key figures in early American Modernism and one of America’s masters of watercolor.