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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, 1944; watercolor on paper, 21 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches; Karen and Kevin Kennedy Collection

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, 1944; watercolor on paper, 21 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches; Karen and Kevin Kennedy Collection

“The dream of a colored ball thrown up into the air by a little girl and each time it has ‘attacked’ by a tiger swallow-tail – When the ball finally fell at my feet, it proved after all to be a juicy plum (pitted) –red & purple skin, lime green inside – I was preparing to eat it when I awoke.”—Charles E. Burchfield, November 1959 (Charles E. Burchfield Foundation Archives, 187.001)