SOLD Trees, 1917

by Charles Burchfield (1893–1967)
Gouache and watercolor on paper laid down on board
20¾ x 17⅝ inches (sight size)
On verso: April 14, 1917




Private collection, New York

Private collection, by descent from above, 1999

Sale, Bonhams, New York, New York, May 22, 2019, lot 8, from above

Private collection, New York, New York, from above

Note: In 1917, Charles Burchfield made more than two hundred paintings and developed important themes within his work that he would carry forward.[1] He said, “I have always believed 1917 to be the ‘golden year’ of my career. Forgotten were the frustrations and the longing for more freedom. The big city was not for me. I was back home in the town and countryside where I had grown up, which were now transformed by the magic of an awakened art outlook.”[2]

Artist Biography

Watercolorist with Romantic Realist Vision of American Life

By Amy Spencer

Best known for his romantic watercolors, Burchfield developed a unique style, swinging between realism and fantasy, to express his profound respect for the American landscape.

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

Charles Ephraim Burchfield is celebrated for his visionary paintings of the American

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