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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.