Charles E. Burchfield in his own words
From the age of seventeen until the end of his life, American watercolor painter Charles E. Burchfield wrote in journals that chronicled his artistic and intellectual development. These journals reveal much about his unique vision, love of nature and gift for writing. Burchfield’s passion for writing could not be contained in the journals alone. Throughout his career, his moods, ideas and personal critiques were also recorded on thousands of scraps of paper and studies for paintings as well as in letters to family, friends and colleagues. His complex and layered visual language points to a complex human being. The inner triumphs, struggles and ambitions of his career are reflected and recorded in his own words and serve as an inspiration for all.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Hoary Frost – Brilliant morning – The smell of “cooked” plants – acrid yet pleasantly nostalgic...
Monday, October 16, 2017
"...The sunlit cannas and the gothic tracery of elms beyond..."
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Called John [John Clancy] he was enthusiastic about the pictures.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
A.M. to Buffalo to have car looked at at the Justice Shop. A little shopping, then home for lunch, & then back again to the Jury meeting at the Albright Gallery for the Patteran show in New York. A boring procedure I must confess, saved only by some of … more
Friday, October 13, 2017
These are truly rare October days; unusual for our territory, warm sunshiny days, some without a cloud in the hazy blue sky.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
(Later [October 21] it no longer seems worthwhile to express my views on such a matter as regional art—
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Oct 11 By parlor car (P.R.R.) to Phila. Emporium & adjacent country gives me a thrill.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
5:00 A.M. chestnut hunting- Riding thru the dark town, with the moon high in the west...
Monday, October 9, 2017
Fine autumn weather—Clear skies, warm sunshine—And wonderful cool breezes from the south—A calm quietness has settled over all things. The odor of burning leaves—What an intoxication!
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Morning brought a different mood! We both of us felt eager to go – Off at 11:00 –All the way to Rochester great sunlit cumulous clouds spread over the sky – a glorious sight.