Florence Julia Bach (1887-1979), Portrait of Mrs. Charles Cary, c.1925; pastel on canvas, Overall: 36 1/8 x 24 1/8 in. (91.8 x 61.3 cm) Frame: 40 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. (102.9 x 72.4 cm); Gift of Mrs. Carlton M. Smith & Miss Grace Rumsey Smith, 1971
Burchfield's archives reveal his studied fascination with symbolism, which he used to capture the countless emotions, sounds and other invisible elements that spoke to his senses. As he wrote, "An artist must paint not what he sees in nature, but what is there."