Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), The Corner Store (also known as Corner Store in Winter), January 23, 1918; watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper, 13 1/4 x 16 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Purchased in honor of Anthony Bannon, 2018
Charles E. Burchfield & the American Scene
On View Friday, December 11, 2020–Sunday, March 28, 2021
Charle E. Burchfield & The American Scene features artwork by Burchfield from the period around the 1920s ad 30's along with photographs taken during that period by him and others that feature some of the locations that he painted. The exhibition will also focus on influential authors of the period that had an impact on his work. These include but are not limited to Willa Cather's My Antonia, 1918, Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, 1919 Zona Gale's Miss Lulu Bett, 1920, Sinclair Lewis's Main Street, 1920 and Robert Frost's New Hampshire, 1923.
By examining the American Scene movement as it was conceived in the 1920s and after, in visual art, literature and in journalism, we can learn a great deal about the atmosphere that inspired Burchfield during that period, the perception of his work at that time, and his growing fame. We can also ask questions about what the American Scene means today, and examine its relevance to our recent lived experiences.