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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), New Moon in January, 1918; watercolor and graphite on paper, 17 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Charles Rand Penney, 1994

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), New Moon in January, 1918; watercolor and graphite on paper, 17 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Charles Rand Penney, 1994

An actual new moon in astronomy occurs when only the shadowed side of the moon is facing Earth and thus the Moon is not visible. The moon phase in this work is a waxing crescent. It would be visible about five days after the new moon. Based on the moon phase and the lightened sky behind the house, this work depicts evening twilight. In January of 1918, the moon phase shown here would have been seen on January 17 or 18.

 - From the exhibition Charles E. Burchfield: Oh My Heavens