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Two Fence Posts

A work made of watercolor, with gouache and traces of charcoal on cream wove paper, laid down on gray wood-pulp laminate board.

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  • A work made of watercolor, with gouache and traces of charcoal on cream wove paper, laid down on gray wood-pulp laminate board.

Date:

1937

Artist:

Charles Ephraim Burchfield
American, 1893-1967

About this artwork

Charles Burchfield received his artistic training at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he was exposed to Asian art, including Chinese painting and Japanese prints. An inspired practitioner of watercolor, his work focused on the natural world and the effects of industrialization on small-town America. According to Burchfield’s friend Edward Hopper, “The work of Charles Burchfield is most decidedly founded, not on art, but on life, and the life that he knows and loves best.” The artist kept many sketchbooks and journals; an excerpt from one of these has been linked to Two Fence Posts: “Give effect of light coming from above—blend as mass to lighter & finally have only an outline of mass, which itself thins out toward the light.”

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Artist

Charles Ephraim Burchfield

Title

Two Fence Posts

Origin

United States

Date

1937

Medium

Watercolor, with gouache and traces of charcoal on cream wove paper, laid down on gray wood-pulp laminate board

Inscriptions

Signed lower left corner: "CEB"

Dimensions

678 × 475 mm

Credit Line

Olivia Shaler Swan Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1937.1106

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