Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Forest Fire in Moonlight, 1920; watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper, 26 1/4 x 18 3/4 inches; Private Collection
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, August 1, 1914
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Beautiful colors in a fire Rich blue + violet in glowing embers.
What is in those flames – trees history + history of its inhabitants. I idly poke glowing hunk of log, a cloud of atomic sparks come up, looking like thready brass wire. Wood is the poetic fuel Day time its beautiful blue smoke is not ajar. Thus thru fire do trees gain their heaven.
Charles E. Burchfield, August 1, 1914