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‘Weather Event’ by Charles Burchfield at Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

An exhibition by artist Charles E. Burchfield, titled “Weather Event”, will be on view at Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey.

“Weather Event” features more than 40 of the artist’s landscape watercolors and drawings that generate memories and moods inspired by the weather and climate changes. Burchfield’s works include both day sketches, that capture snapshots of past weather on specific days, as well as later watercolors painted over a number of years conveying the character of a place. The show is organized in around themes such as the sky, changing seasons, haloed moons, sunbursts and cloudbursts, heat waves, and wild weather these inspired the artist’s work. The works reflect Burchfield’s emotional responses to the weather and his want to portray the invisible aspects of nature, such as sounds and heat waves, by means of visible signs and symbols.

Charles E. Burchfield (1893–1967) was among the visionary modern painters of the 20th century. Burchfield started his artistic career at the Cleveland School of the Arts in 1915. His artistic influences include the stylized, simplified forms and vibrant colors in Japanese prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige, Chinese scroll paintings, and Cleveland modernists Henry Keller and William Sommer. Moving to Buffalo in 1921, Burchfield’s foray into realism at this time was inspired by what he saw as the uniquely American aspects and romantic picturesque qualities of Buffalo and its environs. In the 1940s, Burchfield returned to more abstract forms of his earlier landscapes, following this artistic vision until the end of his life.

The exhibition will be on view from September 16, 2017, through January 7, 2018, at Montclair Art Museum, 3 S Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA.

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