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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Wind-Blown Hayfield, 1948; watercolor on paper, 25 1/2 x 34 1/2 inches; Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Wind-Blown Hayfield, 1948; watercolor on paper, 25 1/2 x 34 1/2 inches; Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, July 11, 1962

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Vi & Art left at noon today —

Art spent a good part of the morning packing various things we had given them – the electric stove, kitchen cabinet, and various other things – in a trailer he had brought from Chicago—

We hated to see them go, we had had such a good visit with them; the children were so lovable and interesting (and they cheered us by so obviously having a good time at “Grandpa’s & Grandma’s” –)

Late A. M. –Edna Lindemann called for the State University College – they are dedicating their new $4 million Fine Arts Building in October and wanted to open its new gallery with an exhibition of my work — We agreed on 7:30 P.M. for her to come out and talk it over.

P. M. – In the Studio – going over various pictures. Worked on the 1954 “Wind Blown Hayfield,” heightening the sunlight effect throughout the picture –

Late P.M. – called John to discuss the proposed exhibition — he was enthusiastic about it —

7:30 – Broadcast “live” of a TV program fromFrancevia the new satellite “Telestar” – a program that did not fit such a momentous event (being the indifferent singing of some popular entertainers).  It was impossible not to compare it to Moses’ “What hath God wrought?”

Edna came in the midst of it — I kept it on for a few minutes so she could see the “event” but she did not seem impressed.

We discussed the proposed exhibition at length — I got many photographs from the studio, and she took down titles etc. –

Evening music — first two parts of DvĪŒrak’s “The Spectre’s Bride” (originally called the “Wedding Shirt”) beautiful, strange music.

Charles E. Burchfield, July 11, 1962

 

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