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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Designer, Red Birds and Beech Trees, 1924; wallpaper produced by M. H. Birge & Sons Company, pattern number 2922; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Designer, Red Birds and Beech Trees, 1924; wallpaper produced by M. H. Birge & Sons Company, pattern number 2922; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

Burchfield based his wallpaper Red Birds and Beech Trees on his 1917 painting, Song of the Redbird, which he enlarged, enhanced with echoing cardinal calls, and completed in 1960. The wallpaper has a similar magical forest filled with swirling fog. Red cup fungus on the leaf-covered ground balances red birds perched in trees. This design was likely one of Burchfield’s favorites, because he hung the pink version in the pantry of his home.