Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), The Sphinx and the Milky Way, 1946; opaque and transparent watercolor, chalk, and crayon on wove watercolor paper, 52 5/8 x 44 3/4 inches; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art, Utica, New York
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, August 5, 1913
Friday, April 12, 2013
I went out-doors for a few moments just before Mother and Frances went downtown. A typical August night. Cool, uncomfortably so. Dark starry sky with the milky way unusually clear; deep silence with the exception of the constant [rhythmic] chorus of myriad tree crickets,which sound like the steady thrum thrum of the human heart.
Charles E. Burchfield, August 5, 1913