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Byron Burford

U.S. b. 1920
Cocoa-OUtdoors 65.1118

Byron Burford's compositions are frequently peopled with still and isolated figures. The end result can leave the viewer believing that the images are dream-like, with only vague connections to real experience. However, although the title of this DMA painting does not directly relate to the subject matter, the figures are based on Burford's observations at a veteran's hospital in England. The painting represents the vulnerability of life as well as the traditional oversight of war veterans. As a student/assistant of Grant Wood in the 1930s, and instructor and later Professor of Fine Art at the University of Iowa, from 1947 onward, Byron Burford demonstrated the dedication to teaching and the delight in continual learning that earned him numerous international fellowships and honors. In 1960, Burford received a Guggenheim Fellowship for study and work in England, where he painted Cocoa Outdoors.

 

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