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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), The Studio, 1942; watercolor on joined paper, 30 1/2 x 26 inches; Gift of the Burchfield Foundation, 2006

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), The Studio, 1942; watercolor on joined paper, 30 1/2 x 26 inches; Gift of the Burchfield Foundation, 2006

Charles E. Burchfield: The Studio

Presented by the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation

On View Friday, April 12–Sunday, August 11, 2013

Charles E. Burchfield Rotunda   

In winter of 1931, Charles E. Burchfield wrote, “The warm February sun shines on my studio door like a benediction – its warmth and cheerfulness fill me with thought of rambles in the fields and swamps when southern horizons are a glare of white fire.” A decade later, he painted The Studio (1942), a somber scene of the modest building with its northern-facing skylights. Charles E. Burchfield: The Studio features this painting and other works, including Salem Bedroom Studio (1917) and a selection of his Conventions for Abstract Thoughts. Other objects and ephemera permit a closer examination of this space, which is permanently recreated at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Take a 3-D tour of the studio by clicking here.

Burchfield and his young family moved to Gardenville, New York, a verdant farming town south of Buffalo, in April of 1925. The Studio, built behind his home at 3574 Clinton Street, was used for creating art in all seasons and was a significant site of visits by other artists, collectors, curators and researchers. It also served as a laboratory where he sorted and distilled all of his sketches and notes from nature and determined how to approach each work of art. On a note from 1920 he stated, “Paint boldly, swiftly – try to seize the actual facts but do not haggle around trying to decode if you have them – that is for the studio to decide.”