The Black Barn

Burchfield, Charles Ephraim (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

Burchfield, Charles Ephraim (American, 1893-1967)
creation date
watercolor and graphite on paper
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.
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Martha Delzell Memorial Fund
© Charles Ephraim Burchfield
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945

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