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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), A Puff of Smoke, 1935; carbon graphite on paper, 12 x 17 3/8 inches (Frame: 19 3/4 x 25 1/4 inches); Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Charles Rand Penney, 1994

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), A Puff of Smoke, 1935; carbon graphite on paper, 12 x 17 3/8 inches (Frame: 19 3/4 x 25 1/4 inches); Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Charles Rand Penney, 1994

Gardenville Rail Yard

Among Burchfield’s favorite places for daily walks was the Gardenville rail yard. In October 1939, for example, he wrote: “As I left Union Rd, and started down the lane toward the railroad, I felt all at once, that no spot on earth could be as satisfying as this particular place, that this moment was the supreme one — complete contentment filled me. There is no other true happiness.”