Charles M. Kurtz , Here Lies the Past, 1878; oil on canvas, Overall: 28 x 34 in. (71.1 x 86.4 cm) Frame: 28 x 38 x 4 3/4 in. (71.1 x 96.5 x 12.1 cm); Charles M. Kurtz Trust, 1991
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."