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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Conventions for Abstract Thoughts: Untitled (Fear 2), 1917; pencil on paper, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Conventions for Abstract Thoughts: Untitled (Fear 2), 1917; pencil on paper, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

This is probably an adaptation of the enormous wave and Mount Fuji that are featured in The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1831-33) by the Japanese Ukiyo-e master, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), who was one of Burchfield’s favorite artists.

Content by Nancy Weekly for the exhibition, "A Dream World of Imagination: Charles E. Burchfield's Golden Year"