Coni Minneci , Madame Yevonde (1911-1975), 2003-2006; oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches; Courtesy of the Artist
A successful British photographer, she dressed her clients as Mythological Creatures and Goddesses. So her pear was donned with jewels, befitting some mysterious subject.
Burchfield's archives reveal his studied fascination with symbolism, which he used to capture the countless emotions, sounds and other invisible elements that spoke to his senses. As he wrote, "An artist must paint not what he sees in nature, but what is there."