Cleveland Museum of Art Shows Charles Burchfield’s NE Ohio Landscapes

Sat 12/22-Sun 5/5/19

Artist Charles Burchfield was born in Ashtabula in 1893, graduated from Cleveland School (now Institute) of Art in 1916, and lived in Salem, Ohio, in the Youngstown area, during most of his youth and young adult life, before moving to Buffalo, New York, where he lived from his late 20s until he died at age 73.

But it was while living in northeast Ohio that he began to acquire a reputation for the type of work he’s best known for: his evocative, emotionally intense watercolors of nature, which he’d had a passionate interest in since he was young. Charles Burchfield: The Ohio Landscapes, 1915–1920, opening this week at the Cleveland Museum of Art, features 30 drawings he did in his 20s when just out of art school and still living in this area, working towards his mature style which incorporated elements of abstraction. Many of them are in the collection of Cleveland Museum of Art; the exhibit is augmented by works from private collections and the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo.

The show runs through Sun 5/5/19. There’s no admission.


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