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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Illuminated letter “O”, ca. 1912; gouache on paper, 11 ¼ x 4 ¾ inches; Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Illuminated letter “O”, ca. 1912; gouache on paper, 11 ¼ x 4 ¾ inches; Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

Burchfield chooses in this design to integrate the letterform within the scene. The color palette is more subtle, making the broad-lined frame less constraining. Circular shapes in the floral pattern echo the letterform, while the stylized leaves are permitted to overgrow the “O.”

Content developed by Tullis Johnson, Brian Grunert and Kyle Morrisey for the exhibition Charles E. Burchfield: By Design

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  • Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Art School Work, ca. 1912-15; Conté crayon on cardboard, 36 x 22 5/8 inches; Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

    Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Art School Work, ca. 1912-15; Conté crayon on cardboard, 36 x 22 5/8 inches; Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006