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Charles E. Burchfield - American Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Charles E. Burchfield (1893 - 1967)

Charles Burchfield moved to Buffalo, New York in 1921 where he worked as wallpaper designer until 1929. At this point, he was able to devote himself to his artwork. His early work consisted mostly of nature scenes. Then in the 1920’s and 30’s, he became a leading exponent of the American Scene Painters, producing paintings that depicted small-town life. In the 1950’s, Burchfield began teaching at the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy and the University of Buffalo. He is known for his visual commentaries on the effects of Industrialism on small town America as well as for his paintings of nature. His paintings are in the collections of many major museums in the USA and have been the subject of exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art as well as other prominent institutions. The Charles Burchfield Center at Buffalo State College was dedicated in his honor in 1966. It was re-named The Burchfield Art Center in 1983 with an expanded mission to support a multi-arts focus.

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