Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), The Moth and the Thunderclap, 1961; watercolor and charcoal on paper, 36 x 48 inches; Collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Charles Rand Penney, 1994
Lecture / Discussion | Wind, Sunshine and Sky”
Meteorologist’s Interpretation of Charles Burchfield’s Watercolors
Sunday, April 11, 2010, 3:30–5 pm
Charles Burchfield wrote “My diary seems to be a journal of the wind, sunshine and sky”, and one can say much the same for his watercolors. While some may travel the world to find nature’s beauty, Charles Burchfield found beauty in his own backyard – our backyard. His paintings offer an intimate study of our sky, winds, clouds, and our summer storms, as he wrote “I find no sympathetic beauty in the sky I have not lived under”. This presentation will attempt to draw out the essence of Burchfield’s sky and mingle it with the science of meteorology. As Charles Burchfield wrote: “A mild sunny day (completely cloudless) with a vigorous west wind – I knew I had to go out painting”.