Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, 1944; watercolor on paper, 21 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches; Karen and Kevin Kennedy Collection
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, June 13, 1944
Saturday, June 13, 2020
To counter-act the distraction of my show at the Albright, with all its attendant confusion, invitations etc, I have all spring been going over my early work (chiefly 1917-18) reconstructing them, enlarging, and laying plans for them to such a degree that they almost will constitute new pictures. They are as follows:
Title-- Date-- Old Size-- New Size—
1 Star-in-the Woods- 1917- 22x18 34x46
2 Song of the Peterbird- 1918- 25x20 36x52
3 Red Birds (Spring Sight)- 1917- 22x18 36x54
4 Solitude (Cave & Cliff)- 1918- 30x22 39x57
5 Rain at Dusk (Wellsville) 1920- 27x19 38x50
6 Cherry Tree “Snowstorm” 1917- 27x20 36x48
7 In the Deep Woods (Rough Run) 1918- 18x21- 33x48
8 The Red Dove- 1918- 25x18- 38x58
9 Swamp Fire in March- 1920 19x26- 33x48
All of these present great possibilities; and I have many more of the 1917 in mind to do— However, I feel the need of coming “down to date” and accordingly yesterday I reconstructed the “Friendly Road” of 1942—and have enlarged it from 25 x 21 to 32 x 45—
There seem to be many more tiger swallow-tails this year that usual. Gorgeous creatures, they are to be seen everywhere, making dazzling effect on wild iris, lavender lilacs, and pink roses. Yesterday two of them staged several battles in mid-air, over the procession of the wild iris clump, a fine sight, and a struggle that seemed to be without injury to either parties.
Altho the apple blossoms have long ago vanished, there are occasional orioles to be heard.
Planted snapdragons, chrysanthemums, salpiglossis & verbenas, the latter after supper. A cool wind from the east bringing promise of rain.
B & A & I to Maxing to see “Gung Ho”— A strong picture.
Charles E. Burchfield, June 13, 1944