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, April 13, 2021
A cold night, a heavy frost. For my birthday, Bertha brought in a tiny bouquet of hepatica buds. Almost at once they started to open. They are still fresh and wide-open, beautiful beyond description...
Monday, April 12, 2021
"Sunshot morning...Lacy elms against the sky..."
Sunday, April 11, 2021
A bright sunny day with just enough coolness to make it bracing –
Saturday, April 10, 2021
9:00 To Bedford Glens with H & J. On car rainy wind blowing in windows – startling ochre glow above milky blue woods – / At Glens – blue wooded hill gleaming thru perpendicular trees like a lake –
Friday, April 9, 2021
I was out one day for a short stroll in the backyard- & a peek into the studio. Almost as if for me especially, a songsparrow sang several times, a thrill...
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Returning from school, the brilliant morning sunshine flooding the trees which front me, I think how the day should be spent afield. Again to I long for absolute solitude.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
To Buffalo, get Sibelius 4th Symphony as a birthday present –
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
It became apparent this morning that I had been inhibited yesterday in the “eye of God” motif—So after some experimenting, I made it jet black, and the whole picture gained power.
Monday, April 5, 2021
"...but in my real heart I would like to be roaming out in the fields and woods, to study Nature, and see all the signs of awakening spring..."
Sunday, April 4, 2021
To Kleinhan’s where we bought three shirts and three ties for my birthday. Then to A.M.& A.’s “Yankee Doodle Room” (what a name!) for lunch. And then home, I went to the studio, and got the “God in the Woods” picture ready for mounting