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Street Scene - Charles Burchfield


Street Scene



Artist: Charles E. Burchfield

American, 1893 - 1967


Overall: 39 x 53 in. (99.06 x 134.62 cm)


Watercolor on paper


Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase


Accession Number: 1953.57


Burchfield first came to Buffalo, New York, in 1921 to design wallpaper for a local firm. There, he painted many of the haunting townscapes that speak of loneliness, isolation, and mystery. Referring to this work, Burchfield himself said, "For me the `picture' was the grim dramatic quality of the buildings in the eerie light of an imminent storm." "Street Scene" depicts a box-gatherer pulling his cart down Genesee Street on a day in early spring. The scene derives a surreal quality from the giant trade signs of a molar and a pair of shears, and the "false-front" effect of the central structure. A master watercolorist, Burchfield used the medium to express visual equivalents of sounds and psychic sensations, often splicing together large sheets of paper to create such monumental works.

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Uploaded on September 29, 2006