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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Basswood Tree in Winter, 1948; watercolor and gouache on paper laid to board, 32 x 26 ½ inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Basswood Tree in Winter, 1948; watercolor and gouache on paper laid to board, 32 x 26 ½ inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, January 4, 1963

Saturday, January 4, 2020

                                                                   January 4 – Friday –
     A.M. Letter from Louise —
     P.M. – Visit to Olmsteds – When I called to see if they wanted us, Evie said Harold had broken his wrist in two places about six weeks ago —
     Had the cast taken off yesterday – She said they would be delighted to have us –
     On the way down, the further south we went, the deeper the snow – the immaculate beauty of the snow-covered fields – The perfection of the woods and trees – It is hard to explain – Not one thing was awry –
     In Springville, the snow piled up along the streets 7 to 8 feet high —
     The beauty of the great spruce trees flanking Olmsted’s home –
     The usual good time of talk, badinage etc. – Harold this time seems to have been really hard hit by his accident – The indomitable energy seemed diminished –
     Crackers, tea and cheese in the kitchen – Evie told of their marriage in 1931 (?) – probably they exaggerated the impromptu nature of it, but at any rate, we had a lot of fun over it –
     The ride home after dark was one of strain –
     Stopped at R’s to see if Peggy wanted to come over for Saturday – (she was outskating, and Mart wanted her to help clean up the living room next day) – Mart insisted on giving us a thick slide of Krakus ham she had prepared, for our supper.)
     It was extra delicious as we found out later at home when we had our snack –
     The sound went bad on our TV in the middle of a picture –
Charles E. Burchfield, January 4, 1963

 

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