A master of botanical accuracy

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Just in time for local wildflower season (finally), the Burchfield Penney Art Museum is mounting a show of Charles Burchfield’s early botanical drawings. Along with them, they have the models made by another artist, Paul Marchand, who specialized in dioramas and other 3D displays for the local science museum’s Hall of Plant Life and internationally.

It’s perfect that these are just the flowers that are beginning to emerge now: columbine, bloodroot, violets, erythronium, and other spring/early summer flowers that are common both to Western New York, and Ohio, where Burchfield grew up. And even more appropriate, this is the show that will be up during Garden Walk Buffalo.

Above you can see a columbine I just picked up from a local IGC next to one of Marchand’s models. Marchand was so meticulous that he tested his works by placing them among real flowers to see if anyone could pick out the fake. I wouldn’t have been able to.

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Elizabeth Licata
on May 6, 2014 at 7:07 am, in the category But is it Art?, Unusually Clever People.

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  • These flowers are beautiful! I will have to try them out next year in my community garden plot.

    Victoria 3rd June 2017 5:10 am

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