Paul Wiesenfeld (1942-1990), Self Portrait, 1967; oil on board, Overall: 28 7/8 x 29 3/8 in. (73.3 x 74.6 cm) Frame: 30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Western New York Art at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1992
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."