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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Carlisle's cricket studies, 1917; conte crayon on paper, 10 15/16 x 8 1/2 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Carlisle's cricket studies, 1917; conte crayon on paper, 10 15/16 x 8 1/2 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

Burchfield created abstract motifs for the ratcheting sound a cricket makes with its hind legs. He studied its anatomy and exaggerated the angles to become audio-cryptograms, or graphic representations of simultaneous visual and acoustic perceptions.

Content by Nancy Weekly for the exhibition, "A Dream World of Imagination: Charles E. Burchfield's Golden Year"