One of America's most original artists
Best known for his romantic, often fantastic depictions of nature, watercolorist Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967) developed a unique style of watercolor painting that reflected distinctly American subjects and his profound respect for nature.
The Burchfield Penney Art Center features the largest public collection of works by Burchfield. Within the intertwined galleries of the museum, you will find an ever-changing display of his paintings and sketches, a recreation of his studio, the Charles E. Burchfield Rotunda (specifically designed to highlight his seasonal works), and even references to Burchfield in the building's architecture.
According to Burchfield's friend and colleague Edward Hopper, "The work of Charles Burchfield is most decidedly founded, not on art, but on life, and the life that he knows and loves best."
Charles E. Burchfield Paintings
During a career that spanned over half a century, Charles E. Burchfield painted over fourteen hundred paintings. Beginning with the generous donation of the painting December Storm (1941-1960) in 1964 and continuing with recent acquisitions, the Burchfield Penney Art Center today holds the largest public collection of works by the artist.
Charles E. Burchfield Journals
From 1910-1967, Charles E. Burchfield wrote in journals that chronicled his artistic and intellectual development. They also reveal his unique vision, his love of nature and a gift for writing. Thanks to generous gifts from the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation and other donors, more than seventy volumes (over 10,000 hand-written pages) are housed in the Burchfield Penney's Charles E. Burchfield Archives.
Charles E. Burchfield Sketches
As a keen observer of the natural world, Charles Burchfield made many sketches. Some provided inspiration for finished paintings, while others became conventions or motifs that served the artist throughout his career. Over 20,000 sketches are in the care of the Burchfield Penney Art Center thanks to generous gifts from the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation and other donors.