Charles Burchfield (1893-1967) Untitled (Childhood) 12 x 22 1/2in (Executed circa 1912-16.)

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Lot 6
Charles Burchfield
(1893-1967)
Untitled (Childhood) 12 x 22 1/2in

US$ 12,000 - 18,000
£ 8,800 - 13,000

American Art

19 Nov 2018, 16:00 EST

New York

Charles Burchfield (1893-1967)
Untitled (Childhood)
signed 'C. Burchfield' (lower right)
gouache, watercolor and pencil on paper laid down on board
12 x 22 1/2in
Executed circa 1912-16.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The artist.
    Estate of the above.
    Private collection, New York.
    By descent to the present owner, 1999.

    Accompanying this work is a research report completed by Nancy Weekly of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York. We wish to thank her for her assistance cataloguing this lot.

    According to Nancy Weekly, the present lot is represented in slide documentation of the artist's estate, in the Charles Burchfield Foundation Archives, as no. 427. Weekly states, "Untitled (Childhood) is similar in subject, medium, palette, and size to other works he produced while studying at the Cleveland School of Art in 1912-1916." The work bears resemblance to a work from 1915, possibly executed as a school assignment, to illustrate a poem, The Forest of Wild Thyme by Alfred Noyes. She continues, "Burchfield often referenced subject ideas and motifs from his earlier works when he designed wallpapers and coordinating fabrics, known as cretonnes, for the M.H. Birge & Sons Company in Buffalo, New York, from 1921-1929. The milkweed motif in Untitled (Childhood) can be seen in the original gouache cretonne design for Milkweed, 1929, which is in the Burchfield Penney Art Center's collection (object no. 1975.087.000.222)." (unpublished letter, 5 October 2018)
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