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.

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  • Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, October 20, 1962

    Sunday, October 20, 2019

    ... the sight of dead wild sunflowers and the ash-tree stirred me, and I resolved to paint out-doors after lunch. A surge of joy went through that once again I was granted the urge to paint.

  • Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, Vol. 41, October 18-19, 1938

    Saturday, October 19, 2019

    Trip to Pittsburgh with B to see International show after a period of indecision, & renunciation, and final decision we ought to go….As to my own “Elevators” — I could not at any time see it to be as good as I hoped it was, tho it grew better as time went on.]

  • Charles Burchfield, Journals, October 18, 1950

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    Out sketching in the Big Woods—A wonderful feeling to be out again after not having painted for so long a time—A cool sunny day, quiet generally, but at times a strong wind passed thru the tree-tops, and in its wake showers of golden maple leaves fluttered lazily down to themore

  • Charles Burchfield, Journals, October 19, 1914

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    I watch a star low in the east. Sparkles with red, green & blue lights. Wonderfully. As I watch it I entertain thoughts of "art for art's sake." It is clearly fixed in my mind what I shall do.

  • Charles Burchfield. Journals, October 15, 1915

    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    Yesterday morning while on my way to school in the rain, I marked that the color of autumn seems to have come all at once—Walking under the trees I felt as if the color made sound—

  • Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, October 16, 1959

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    Got out the 1947 ‘Fading November Sun” (Center St. Rd.) and realized the picture would be helped by cutting off 4” at the left. I did so and it transformed it – Made a few other changes

  • Charles Burchfield, Journals, October 15, 1949

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019

    Mounting the Niagara St. Picture – Studying the “New-Fallen” leaves. The latter suggested studies needed of witch-hazel bushes...

  • Charles E. Burchfield, Journals October 14, 1914

    Monday, October 14, 2019

    "A windy grey morning.  Cold remoteness of the wind suggests Autumn. Trees partially bare. Grounded speckled."

  • Charles Burchfield, Journals, October 13, 1962

    Sunday, October 13, 2019

    In studio – remounting two of the 1917 water-colors then got to work on the 1922 drawing in water-color of a tree in late autumn, finishing out the tree (which was incomplete) and putting newly fallen leaves on the ground.

  • Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, Vol. 60, October 12, 1961

    Saturday, October 12, 2019

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