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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Untitled (What Do Children Think About Strange Dreams), 1917; pencil on paper mounted on paper, 11 ¼ x 13 1/8 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Untitled (What Do Children Think About Strange Dreams), 1917; pencil on paper mounted on paper, 11 ¼ x 13 1/8 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

What do children think about strange dreams they have had, as they lie in their dark bedrooms on a rainy winter’s night looking up into black void? Do they think there are spiders or bats up in the corners, or do they remember some hideous tale of Satan? Or is it some nursery story of goblins?