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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Uprooted Tree, c.1923; wood engraving, Overall: 5 1/8 x 8 in. (13 x 20.3 cm); Purchase, 1978

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Uprooted Tree, c.1923; wood engraving, Overall: 5 1/8 x 8 in. (13 x 20.3 cm); Purchase, 1978

These prints illustrate Burchfield's early preoccupation with landscape. The blasted tree is a traditional symbol for nature's untamed power and a reminder of human mortality. Uprooted Tree is based on a 1920 watercolor with the same title. The scene depicts Post's Woods in Salem, Ohio.