Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Road in Sunlight and Shadow, 1936; watercolor on paper, 19 x 27 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of James T. Shaffer in Memory of his mother Daisy Shaffer, 1977
Charles E. Burchfield: Road in Sunlight and Shadow
On View Friday, July 13–Sunday, October 28, 2012
In the tradition of Walt Whitman, Charles Burchfield often travelled “the open road.” His painting Road in Sunlight and Shadow depicts a country road southeast of East Aurora, New York. This fine example of his mid-career realistic works illustrates an American vista that is becoming rarer, at the same time that it focuses on the beautiful patterns of light and tree shadows, as the title suggests. This exhibition illustrates many manifestations of an enduring subject—the meandering roads of Ohio and Western New York where Burchfield took the time to capture the sights and sounds of the world around him as they transformed from season to season.