Charles Burchfield Featured in Exhibition at Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey
Charles E. Burchfield: Weather Event is currently on view at Montclair and will remain on dipaly through January 8, 2018.
Image: Charles E. Burchfield (1893–1967), Sunburst, 1929–31, oil on canvas. The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Works by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994, 19994:001.052. Reproduced with permission from the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation and the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
See stormy skies, cool breezes, and sunbursts like never before in an exhibition celebrating the intersection of art and science. The Montclair Art Museum presents Charles E. Burchfield: Weather Event, an exhibition of more than 40 of the renowned artist's lyrical landscape watercolors and drawings that trigger the memories and moods inspired by weather and climate changes. His works invite the viewer to experience through the artist's eyes the environments in Ohio and New York south of Lake Erie.
“To me, the artist, interested chiefly in weather—all weather is beautiful, and full of powerful motion.” — Charles E. Burchfield, 1943
Individual weather events are examined through both an artistic and scientific lens. Weather refers to the state of the atmosphere for a given time and place, while climate is the sum of weather events that describes a place or region. Burchfield's works capture both, with "all day sketches" conveying snapshots of past weather on specific days as well as later watercolors painted over a number of years conveying the character of a place.
The exhibition is organized around themes that inspired Burchfield: the sky, changing seasons, haloed moons, sunburts and cloudbursts, heat waves, and wild weather. The works convey the artist's emotional responses to the weather and his desire to portray the invisible aspects of nature, such as sounds and heat waves, by means of visible signs and symbols.
Share your stormy skies, cool breezes, and sunbursts! Visitors are invited to post photos of their own weather events with #MAMweather. Selected photos will be displayed in the gallery and on MAM’s social media @MAMmontclair.
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