Herbert Appleton (1896-1963), Portrait of Charles E. Burchfield in his Studio, c. 1942; gelatin silver print, 10 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (Frame: 19 1/2 x 21 3/16 inches); Gift of Mr. Francis Valentine, 1975
Charles E. Burchfield: Working from Home
On View Friday, June 11–Sunday, August 29, 2021
Charles E. Burchfield endured and produced artwork through the difficult moments and events in his life. This exhibition examines these pivotal periods. For him, home was a place of solace, but it also served as a symbolic backdrop for universal emotions and shared experiences.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives significantly. Millions of people worldwide became ill and unfathomable numbers of people have died. Our daily routines were radically altered. While many lost their jobs, others more fortunate were able to work remotely from home.
We pause to assess our lives, thankful for people who offered comfort and assistance, especially those in the medical profession and other essential workers. During this time of reflection, we can look to the past to see how others coped with disease, unemployment, and loss to discover how family and friends provided consolation and support.
Working from Home is one of the many ways to understand how Burchfield’s motivation and creativity persists as relatable to our times.
This exhibition has been made possible with ongoing support from the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, historic donors, and museum members.