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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Thanksgiving Dance, 1912; gouache on black paper, 27 x 18 1/8 inches; Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Thanksgiving Dance, 1912; gouache on black paper, 27 x 18 1/8 inches; Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

As evidence of his promise as a designer, Burchfield was awarded several prizes for his school work, the first of which was for this Thanksgiving- themed poster. Boldly illustrated, this design seems to bear stylistic connection to both World War I propaganda posters created by various artists years later, as well as modern poster design and illustration. While typography was not a primary focus of Burchfield’s as a student, this poster is an example of his ability to utilize it quite effectively.

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