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Charles Burchfield
Born 1893 in Ashtabula Harbor, OH
Died 1967 in West Seneca, NY
Night Scene, 1919
watercolor on paper
25 x 18 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust
1995.10
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Part Regionalist, part modernist, Burchfield is recognized as a major American master watercolorist. Throughout his career he painted scenes he encountered every day, documenting, for example, his walk to and from work as a wallpaper designer—houses, streets, trees, churches, businesses. But his realistic subject matter is steeped with his emotional responses to his surroundings, conveying a sense of the mystical, the spiritual, even the fantastic.