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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Sun-Burst After Spring-Storm, 1917; watercolor and gouache on paper, 18 3/4 x 22 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Sun-Burst After Spring-Storm, 1917; watercolor and gouache on paper, 18 3/4 x 22 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

This view from Burchfield’s front porch on Fourth Street in Salem, Ohio captures that moment when the sun breaks through a waning spring shower. Raindrops sparkle with sunlight, streak heavily toward walkway puddles, and clad tree branches in sheaths and spirals of glistening moisture.—NW