Archives of American Art

Oral history interview with Charles Burchfield

Collection ID:
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967
Morse, John D., 1906-
1959 August 19
Physical Description:
54 Pages
1 Item
sound file (4 min. 24 sec.) Audio excerpt

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Charles Burchfield conducted 1959 August 19, by John D. Morse, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Burchfield speaks of his studio on Clinton Street; his early training under Henry George Keller; copying the paintings of Charles Dana Gibson; working as a wallpaper designer for H.M. Birge and Co., in Buffalo, New York; his different styles; his watercolor technique; restoration and preservation of his watercolors; his paintings, including Black Iron, Crabbed Old Age, End of the Day, The House of Mystery, The Song of the Katidids, Winter, and others; his writings; his reading tastes and interest in music; European abstract artists; critics; and teaching. Also included is a footnote by Morse describing his day with Burchfield.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967) was a painter from Gardenville, New York.

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

More Information
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 41 min.

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Sculptors -- United States -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Watercolor painting, American Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Keller, Henry G., 1869-1949 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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