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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Spring Afternoon, 1935; watercolor on paper mounted on board, 19 x 27 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Valentine, 2014

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Spring Afternoon, 1935; watercolor on paper mounted on board, 19 x 27 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Valentine, 2014

Painted on Stolle Road near East Elma, New York, Spring Afternoon, also known as Afternoon in Early Spring, was a wedding gift of Charles and Bertha Burchfield to Mr. and Mrs. Francis B. Valentine in 1942. Over the years, Mr. Valentine, whose artwork is in the collection, donated many clippings and other items to the museum’s archives. The family’s generosity continued in the next generation with Carl and Jane Valentine donating Burchfield’s painting to the Burchfield Penney Art Center in 2014.— Nancy Weekly