Charles Ephraim Burchfield (American, 1893-1967)
Four Early Works on Paper: Wildflowers, Study of Tree Sprigs, Calligraphy Exercise, and Globber Kezort (Floral and Alphabet Sketch)
Wildflowers and Sprigs dated and signed "1907 Charles Burchfield" u.c., Calligraphy dated and signed "1908 Charles Burchfield" u.c., Globber unsigned.
Wildflowers and Sprigs watercolor and pencil, Calligraphyink, and Globber pencil, sight sizes to 10 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (26.7 x 42.0 cm), all framed.
Condition: Minor toning, Sprigs with loss or repair to l.l. corner, Globber with creasing to u.l. corner, not examined out of frames.
Provenance: Acquired directly from Martha Burchfield, the artist's daughter, in the early 1970s, to the current owner by family descent.
N.B. Charles Burchfield grew up in Salem, Ohio, in a farmhouse purchased for his mother and family by her brothers following the premature death of Burchfield's father. A shy child and avid reader, Charles developed a profound love of nature and propensity for drawing. His drawings are recorded as early as 1905, and in 1908 Burchfield made meticulous studies of all the local wildflowers and blossoming fruit trees in his hometown.
The lot is accompanied by Charles Burchfield's framed grammar school diploma from the Salem (Ohio) Public Schools from 1907.
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