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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Volume 31, pg 25, November 17, 1917; deconstructed notebook pages pasted into commercially made composition notebook, 7 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Volume 31, pg 25, November 17, 1917; deconstructed notebook pages pasted into commercially made composition notebook, 7 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center

     Nov. 17, 1917 –

      of the “picturesqueness” of her language.  Someone had knocked her down and beat her head on the sidewalk; she brought the landlord out to show him where – the exact spot. 

     By now it was clear that a negro was the criminal; he soon appeared on the scene; like two beasts they flung back + forth at each other revolting epithets + inane accusations and after failing to agree, went off to the mayor.

     It was the incident I needed to give me the character of the house.  A big black hulk against the pink sky, it now had written on it sin, degeneracy, filth, disease, bestiality + insanity.

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  • Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Volume 31, October 8, 1917 - January 11, 1918; deconstructed notebook pages pasted into commercially made composition notebook, 7 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches; Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

    Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Volume 31, October 8, 1917 - January 11, 1918; deconstructed notebook pages pasted into commercially made composition notebook, 7 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches; Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives