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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Rain, Clearup & Sunburst & Wind Starts to Blow/V, July 11, 1915; graphite on paper, 11 x 17 inches; Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Rain, Clearup & Sunburst & Wind Starts to Blow/V, July 11, 1915; graphite on paper, 11 x 17 inches; Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, Gift of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 2006

This sketch begins with a falling gentle rain - hash marks are vertical – against a backdrop of foliated trees. The rain ends, but layers of low clouds are present over the trees. The cloud bottoms appear pointed, almost aggressive looking. These clouds suggest a turbulent atmosphere. The final scene shows trees blown by the wind - “Just as sun comes out the wind commences to blow violently” - and a sudden appearance of the sun and its aurora of light. Interestingly, the word ‘violent’ is also used to convey the sudden appearance of the sunburst.