The Black Barn

Charles Ephraim Burchfield (American, 1893-1967)

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• Burchfield used washes of grey-green to depict this view of the deserted street and dilapidated buildings in Gardenville, New York, where he lived.

• The Black Barn dates from Burchfield’s first years as a full-time artist, when he created his most realistic pictures. It reflects the somber, melancholy mood typical of the small town scenes he favored during this period.

• Watercolor was always the artist’s preferred medium, though later in his career he used it to create the fanciful, vibrant views of nature for which he is best known.

Object Information

artist
Charles Ephraim Burchfield (American, 1893-1967)
creation date
1930
materials
watercolor and graphite on paper
dimensions
23 x 31-1/2 in. (paper)
35-1/4 x 43-1/4 x 2-1/2 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Signed and dated in pencil, l.r.: Chas Burchfield / 1930.
accession number
31.100
credit line
Martha Delzell Memorial Fund
copyright
© Charles Ephraim Burchfield
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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