Charles Burchfield

1893 – 1967

Charles Burchfield


Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio


Landscape-structure and modernist botanic painting

Charles E. Burchfield was born in Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio on April 9,1893. After graduating from high school, Burchfield studied at the Cleveland School of Art. After graduating from Cleveland, Burchfield went to New York City, where he received a scholarship to the National Academy of Design.

Burchfield’s Salem period came to an end in 1921 when, at age twenty-eight, he moved to Buffalo, New York to take a job designing wallpaper for M.H.Birge and Sons. After eight years, he left Birge to devote all his time to making his work larger, grander and more realistic. His struggle to express his intense response to nature with his personal symbolic vocabulary continued until his death in 1967.