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Visionary landscapes of Charles Burchfield in Delaware County News Network

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


The vibrant, visionary landscapes of Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), one of America's leading artists of the 20th century, will be featured in a major exhibition of more than 50 paintings on view at the Brandywine River Museum of Art Aug. 23 through Nov. 16. Co-organized by the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, the exhibition features works borrowed from museums and private collections across the United States, including the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the largest repository of the artist's work.

"Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield" will provide a remarkable opportunity to examine the artist's luminous, personal interpretations of the world around him.

"To spend even a moment with one of Charles Burchfield's hallucinatory watercolors is to experience the artist's visceral response to nature. Over a period of six decades, he explored the lyrical and technical potential of watercolor, becoming one of the most brilliant practitioners in the history of American art," said Thomas Padon, director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Exalted Nature spans the breadth of the artist's career, tightly focused on his landscapes--from his early expressionistic compositions influenced by modernist movements first encountered during his student years at the Cleveland School of Art--such as Untitled (Gothic Window Trees), 1918--to his late visionary works representing his singular interpretation of the world--including Bee Hepaticas (circa 1962).

This exhibition marks the first time Burchfield's work has been shown at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

After premiering at the Brandywine River Museum, the exhibition will be presented in Buffalo at the Burchfield Penney Art Center from Dec. 12 through Feb. 22.

Brandywine River Museum of Art is on Rt 1, Chadds Ford.