Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Winter, East Liverpool, 1927; oil on canvas, 22 x 32 in. (55.9 x 81.3 cm); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Charles W. Goodyear Fund, 1927
Charles Burchfield, Journals, February 13, 1921
Friday, February 13, 2015
The “wide open” February Thaw weather continues – Street corners on filthy main streets, take on a mysterious thrill.
Clusters of “Town loafers” gather at convenient street corners, and appraise the bevies of short-skirted giggling girls who go mincing past – Dark yawning doorways exposing stairs leading to second floors hint at something more mysterious in the rooms above, than the dull routine of small town business. The mid-winter sunlight falling on the bizarre architecture is like forked tongues of fire. And as evening brings on a sudden chill, the buildings, in the afterglow still have a warm look –
Charles Burchfield, February 13, 1921