Montiniguaire

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Raoul Dufy ( French, 1877 - 1953 )

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n.d.
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General Description

Charles Burchfield first came to Buffalo, New York, in 1921 to design wallpaper for a local firm. There, he painted many of the haunting townscapes that speak of loneliness, isolation, and mystery. Referring to this work, Burchfield himself said, "For me the `picture' was the grim dramatic quality of the buildings in the eerie light of an imminent storm." Street Scene depicts a box-gatherer pulling his cart down Genesee Street on a day in early spring. The scene derives a surreal quality from the giant trade signs of a molar and a pair of shears and the "false-front" effect of the central structure. A master watercolorist, Burchfield used the medium to express visual equivalents of sounds and psychic sensations, often splicing together large sheets of paper to create such monumental works.

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Fun Facts

  • From 1921-1929 Charles Burchfield worked as a wallpaper designer for America's oldest wallpaper manufacturer, M.H. Birge & Sons Company.

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