Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Spring Beauty, Woods and Fantasy, 1948; conté crayon on paper, Overall: 16 5/8 x 10 3/8 in. (42.2 x 26.4 cm) Frame: 19 in. (48.3 cm); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994
This lively study for Fantasy of Spring (1948) features iconic elements of the changing seasons. Among the first to bloom, tiny Spring Beauties open on balmy sunny days, sending a delicate aroma in the air. Warming flames of spring coax winter to recede into the depths of frigid woods. Our star sun reigns over the earth’s rebirth.
— Nancy Weekly