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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Hazy July Noon [Sunflowers], July 30, 1916; watercolor with graphite on paper, 20 x 14 inches (Frame: 27 7/8 inches); Gift of Tony Sisti, 1979

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Hazy July Noon [Sunflowers], July 30, 1916; watercolor with graphite on paper, 20 x 14 inches (Frame: 27 7/8 inches); Gift of Tony Sisti, 1979

Like Burchfield’s student work, Hazy July Noon seems inspired by Japanese prints. The artist’s masterful use of negative space; his bold instinct to render parts of the scene in subtle, monochromatic linear patterns; the “boundariless” manner in which sky and leaves seem to spill into one another—all exemplify the artist’s ability to harmonize elements of design in an expression of the harmony he sees in nature.

Content developed by Tullis Johnson, Brian Grunert and Kyle Morrisey for the exhibition Charles E. Burchfield: By Design