Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Swamp Fire in March, 1920-1960; Watercolor on Paper, 33 x 45 inches; Holly & Arthur Magill Collection, Image from the Burchfield Penney Archives
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, May 7, 1947
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
In studio studying pictures- The blackeyed shed of 1918- for engagement (this picture brought back from Chrysler at auction).
P.M. to Buffalo to get baskets & monkscloth at Sears for Sally- while at Sears, call B- she says Sally had called and said baby had passed the crisis safely the night before and would be o.k.- what a blessed relief!
Late P.M., walk out to French Rd to make studies of cottonwood in bloom for “Swamp Fire”- However before I was there it started to rain then turned to snow. I was forced to go back, and by the time I got home it was snowing heavily.
Evening- B- M & H & I to Great Lakes to see “The Yearling”- a good picture, full of beauty and some fine acting especially in the part of Judy. For me however, with Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman were far from the Penny Baxter and Mr. Baxter of the book. The flippant prayer of grace was out of order too, and for me the use of Mendelsohn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo” as a background for the boy and [deer] running thru the woods was very irritating as was the use of a chorus coming from the sky at intervals. The use of Delius’ Appalachia was more in keeping, but really unnecessary. Some of the scenes were “breath taking” in beauty.
Charles E. Burchfield, May 7, 1947