Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Oncoming Spring, 1954; watercolor on paper mounted on board, 29 1/2 x 39 5/8 inches (Frame: 38 3/4 x 48 1/2 inches); Purchased in part with support from the Western New York Foundation and the Olmsted Family in Memory of Harold L. Olmsted, 1990
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, January 31, 1939
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
A.M. a few minor changes in the “Elevators” – P.M. [Bertha] &I to Buffalo to see the movie “Idiot's Delight” – It was merely for entertainment. There was a chance for a fine argument against war here, but they missed it. Too much time was given to Miss Shearer whose ability is too slight to stand the spot-light.
As we came out of the theatre, it was as into a new world. The sky had cleared, and the level sunlight lit up the buildings, and huge piles of snow with great brilliance.
For the first time this winter, there was a hint of Spring in it.
Night – [Bertha] &I for walk. A beautiful night – the moon about three quarters full, almost overhead, shining clear & strong in the cold dark sky. The snow under it, was brilliantly lit up. The air was calm.
Charles E. Burchfield, January 31, 1939