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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 (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, March 10, 1954

Saturday, March 10, 2018

[from “New York Trip” Monday, March 8-Friday, March 12, 1954]
                                                                   March 10 – Wednesday –
     The hotel ‘flooded’ with some women’s club convention – the dining hall over-flowing; so we set out to get breakfast outside. Everyplace closed, being ‘night’ spots. Eventually we found a cafeteria at 7th and 51st Street —
     The Jury meeting followed much the same pattern as usual (Zigrosser, Maldarelli, Speicher, Young & myself) – It was good to be back –
     Lunches at Forno’s (Spanish Restaurant) both days. These very enjoyable – good food and excellent conversation. (One of the things I like to do in N.Y. is to fill up on raw oysters). –
     The second day – somehow we got onto the subject of press-notices and Gene [Speicher] told us about his first notice. He was working as a bundle wrapper for Browning King & Co. in Buffalo – He sent a picture to the Art Gallery where it was exhibited – Headline in the paper ‘Clothing Misfit succeeds in Art” – So I told the remark Du Bois ??? once made about my work ‘Burchfield is only Hopper on a rainy day’ –

--Charles E.  Burchfield, March 10, 1954

[Nancy Weekly: American artist Guy Pène Du Bois (1884-1958) was not the author of a negative comparison with Hopper; it was Lewis Mumford (1895-1990). The jury colleagues were: Carl Zigrosser (1891-1975), American art historian, curator emeritus of prints and drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Oronzio Maldarelli (1892-1963), American, born Naples, Italy, sculptor and painter; Eugene Speicher (1883-1962), American, born in Buffalo, NY, portrait, landscape and still-life painter, Rehn Gallery colleague; and Mahonri Young (1877-1957), American sculptor and artist, founder of the American Water Color Society.]

 

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