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.
Monday, December 17, 2018
A heavy fog in the night condenses on the trees in thick white frost – Houses pale ghosts in the haze –...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
I am too busy in school to heed much of the outside. At mid-afternoon the sun drew attention out of the windows by a weird effect with a cloud.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
We stayed on the bridge watching the engines shifting back & forth until we got too cold to stand still any longer.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
When it is not snowing near objects on first glance seem glittering black—
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Two letters from F.R. one containing a check, the other a letter about the forthcoming exhibition of my recent work (Jan.7 -). He explained his hesitancy about showing them...
Monday, December 10, 2018
"... I disagree with that: that is the coward’s viewpoint. How can a person, a genius for instance, ever accomplish anything if he is continually giving in to a hostile world?..."
Sunday, December 9, 2018
A.M. – to studio to get the studio ready for new paper to be put down. I took a boyish delight as always in burning the old paper; being full of tar it made a wonderful creamy smoke, with dark flames as usual.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
An all Sibelius program by Toscanini last night, in honor of the composer’s birthday (which is today).Symphony # 2 — Pohjola’s Daughter — The Swan of Tuonela — Return of Lemminkäinen — Finlandia.Altho he played all of these superbly, the Swan of Tuonela … more
Friday, December 7, 2018
The life of Schubert is one that appeals to me more than any other that my inexperience knows. He is the true genius & artist and the knowledge of his sacrifice thrills the heart.