Burchfield, Charles (Ephraim) at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
U.S. painter. Born in Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio, he attended the Cleveland School of Art and, after service in World War I, worked as a wallpaper designer in Buffalo, N.Y. In the 1920s and '30s he was one of the leading U.S. scene painters; his work was associated with E. Hopper in its portrayal of the loneliness and bleakness of small-town life (e.g., November Evening, 1934). In the 1940s he abandoned realism for a more personal interpretation of nature, emphasizing its mystery, movement, and color from season to season (e.g., The Sphinx and the Milky Way, 1946).