Several dozen excellent paintings that Charles Burchfield created early in his career are featured at the Cleveland Museum of Art exhibit "Charles Burchfield: The Ohio Landscapes, 1915-1920" that runs through May 5.
These works include several paintings of the neighborhood around the Burchfield Homestead Museum during what art critics consider his golden period.
Burchfield's creative process is most visible in three paintings he made while working out the elements of “Church Bells Ringing,” his watercolor masterpiece of the Salem Baptist Church’s bell tower.
In addition to the curator's notes, a multimedia display of Burchfield’s handwritten diary entries provide information about what the artist was thinking and doing as he experimented with various styles as a student in Cleveland and factory worker in Salem.
Considered to be one of America's greatest artists, Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967) lived and painted in this Salem, Ohio house from the age of five to twenty-eight.
Nearly half of his lifetime's output of art was completed here.
Burchfield loved Salem and this neighborhood.
Many of his paintings are views from the windows of the house.
Burchfield's Homestead is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.