Burchfield is one of the most renowned American watercolorists of the twentieth century, but is less well known as a wallpaper designer for M. H. Birge and Sons in Buffalo, New York, from 1921 until 1929. While a number of his wallpapers were based on his paintings, Modernistic is the result of the Birge company asking him to design a modern wallpaper. While the least representative of Burchfield’s style of painting, it became one of his most popular wallpapers.
Cite this object as
Sidewall, Modernistic; Manufactured by M.H. Birge & Sons Co. (United States); USA; machine-printed paper, embossed; 1992-109-3
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.