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Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

American, 1897-1968

Charles Bunnell developed a love for art at a very young age. As a child in Kansas City, Missouri, he spent much of his time drawing. When he was unable to find paper he drew on walls and in the margins of textbooks for which he was often fined. Around 1915, Bunnell moved with his family to Colorado Springs, Colorado. He served in World War I and later used his GI Training to study at the Broadmoor Art Academy (later renamed the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center) during 1922 and 1923.

In 1922, he married fellow student, Laura Palmer. He studied with Ernest Lawson in 1927-1928 and, in the winter of 1928-1929, he served as Lawson’s assistant. In the late 1920’s, the Bunnell’s settled just west of Colorado Springs and 1928, they welcomed the first of their three children. Their one-acre homesite, which they referred to as “Old Home Place”, was situated between two sets of railroad tracks at the foot of Pike’s Peak. Charlie converted an old railroad boxcar into his studio, where he later gave lessons.

Beginning in 1931, Bunnell spent a year and a half studying under Boardman Robinson. The two men clashed constantly due to a generation gap and markedly different philosophies. Robinson encouraged his students not to stray from realism and though Bunnell mastered Robinson’s preferred style of American Scene painting, he regularly irritated his professor with his abstract sketches.

Bunnell taught at the Kansas City Art Institute during the summers of 1929, 1930, 1940, and 1941. Between 1934 and 1941, he painted and taught under federal projects which included assisting Frank Mechau on murals for the Colorado Springs Post Office. However, he did not take to mural making and, after criticism from Boardman Robinson about his use of “heavy daubs which have no place in mural work,” he abandoned mural-making altogether.

By the late 1930’s, Bunnell’s work departed from the American Scene/Modernist style he was trained in towards abstraction. This is marked by his “Black and Blue” series, consisting of 83 abstracted ink and watercolors. Affected by the Second World War and the loss of his 10-year old son, Bunnell’s work of the early 1940’s took on a Transcendental and Surrealist tone. The works from this period are moody and readily reflect the political and personal turmoil experienced by the artist.

In the late 1940’s, Bunnell began experimenting with Abstract Expressionism. He alone is credited with introducing Colorado Springs to the new style as it was excluded from the Fine Art Center’s curriculum by Boardman Robinson. Bunnell excelled in Abstract Expressionism and continued to evolve in the style through the 1950’s continuing to his death in 1968. He was recently recognized as a premier American Abstract Expressionist by his inclusion in the book American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950’s: An Illustrated Survey. © David Cook Galleries, LLC

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Abstract Mountain Mining Town, 1954 Colorado Landscape, Green, Blue, Red, Orange
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
Semi abstract painting of a mining town, Colorado landscape, vintage 1954 oil painting by Charles Bunnell (1897-1968), Painted in colors of light and dark Green, Red, Orange and Blue...
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1950s Abstract Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Oil

Birth, Vintage
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
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1940s Abstract Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Watercolor

Georgetown (Church in the Mountains, Colorado), Modernist Landscape, Ink Drawing
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
Georgetown, Colorado, vintage 1938 WPA era ink drawing/painting on paper of a church set in a rocky mountain landscape by Charles Bunnell (1897-1968). Black on a creamy white paper...
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1930s American Modern Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Ink, Archival Paper

Abstract Expressionist Composition in Yellow, Blue, Teal, Gray, Orange & White
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
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1950s Abstract Expressionist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Kansas City Skyline, 1930s WPA Era Modernist Line Drawing, Black & White, Framed
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
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Modernist, 1930s WPA era cityscape of the Kansas City Skyline by Charles Bunnell (1897-1968). Downtown skyscrapers and buildings are rendered in a black and white line drawing. Prese...
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1930s American Modern Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Abstract Expressionist Painting in Yellow, Coral, Teal, and White, Vintage 1950s
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
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1950s Abstract Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Oil

Untitled (Abstract Expressionist Painting: Yellow/Gold, Red/Brown, Orange, Blue)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Canvas, Oil, Board

Pikes Peak (Vintage 1930s Colorado Mountain Landscape in Autumn)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
Original vintage 1931 Colorado landscape painting with autumn leaves and Pikes Peak blanketed in snow by Charles Bunnell (1897-1968). Inscribed verso, "To Laura, November 22, 1941",...
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1930s American Impressionist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Egg Tempera, Board

Untitled (Abstract Expressionist Painting in Red, Gray, Green, Black and Yellow)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Oil, Board

Untitled (Colorado Mountains, Semi-Abstract Landscape: Blue, Black, White, Red)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Oil, Board

Untitled Figure on a Cross (Futurism/Cubism, Black & White Drawing)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
Original drawing by Colorado artist, Charles Bunnell (1897-1968), a figure on a cross is depicted in a cubist/futurist style, rendered in graphite with white, gray and black tones. ...
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Mid-20th Century Futurist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Archival Paper, Graphite

Untitled (Abstract Expressionist Painting with Orange & Black, 1960)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Oil, Board

Untitled (Abstract with Blue, Gray, Black and White)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Oil

Abstract Painting with Surrealist Figures, Red-Orange, Brown, Blue, Yellow-Green
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Untitled (Colorado Mining District - Abstract Expressionist Painting)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Untitled (Colorado Landscape with Buttes, Prairie and Big Blue Sky with Clouds)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
Original vintage 1926 Signed Framed Landscape Painting by Charles Ragland Bunnell (1897-1968), painted while the artist was studying under Ernest Lawson at the Broadmoor Academy in C...
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1920s American Impressionist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Oil

Untitled (Abstract Expressionist Composition)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
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1950s Abstract Expressionist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Oil, Acrylic

Untitled (Abstract Expressionist composition)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Summer Day, 1941 - Kansas City, Vintage Modernist/Regionalist American Painting
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
Original modernist painting by early Colorado Springs artist, Charles Bunnell (1897-1968). Summer Day is a cityscape, likely of Kansas City, with houses. rooftops, trees, telephone p...
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1940s American Modern Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Untitled (Colorado Farm and Mountains)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
An original oil painting by Colorado artist, Charles Ragland Bunnell of a picturesque Colorado farm tucked in between the Rocky Mountains. Presented in a custom frame, outer dimensio...
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1940s American Impressionist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Oil, Board

Cameron's Cone (Above Colorado Springs, Colorado)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
Housed in a custom frame with archival materials, outer dimensions measure 19 ¾ x 23 ¾ x 1 ¼ inches. Image size is 9 ½ x 13 ¼ inches. About the artist: Charles Bunnell developed a ...
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1930s American Impressionist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Catamount Country (Colorado Mountain Landscape in Autumn)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
Located in Denver, CO
Charles Bunnell (1897-1968) original signed framed 1930s painting "Catamount Country" a modernist mountain landscape with a lake and snow-capped peaks in hues of green, blue and yell...
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1930s American Impressionist Charles Ragland Bunnell Art

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Watercolor

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Untitled (Study of a Mountain Town, Colorado)
By Charles Ragland Bunnell
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New York Harbor (Abstract Expressionist Composition)
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Ruins at the Church
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Untitled (Black and Blue Series) Vintage 1941 Abstracted Structure Painting
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