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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Study for White Wings of September, also known as Winged Sky, ca. 1960-66; conté crayon on paper, 11 x 13 inches  (27.9 x 33 cm); Gift of Dr. Edna M. Lindemann, 1968

Ideas to develop in the painting White Wings of September (c. 1960-66) included a flock of starlings dispersed among clouds blown into enormous wings, “clouds modeled as delicately as the breast of a dove,” a tree’s “black spirit motif” deflecting the swiftly moving north wind, tiger swallowtail and monarch butterflies, a yellow garden spider and its central zigzag web detail, wild asters and goldenrod, and everything’s edges rimmed with golden sunlight. —Nancy Weekly