Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), The Four Seasons, 1949-1960; watercolor on joined paper mounted on board, 55 7/8 X 47 7/8 inches; Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Festival of Arts Purchase Fund 1961-2-1
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, September 9, 1913
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Life itself, and even love, seems rather sordid after all, in spite of all our beliefs to the contrary. But to one who has fought hard against this tendency, what a boon is the first cold day, bringing with it as it does - energy and hope! Nothing will help along tottering ideals more than hopeful vigor and energy.
And with these comes romance. Winter was made for hard earnest working; spring was made for love-making; summer for play time; while autumn, was for romance. Romance not in the sense of love – that is left to Spring, but rather as it pertains to other things. Every little act, or thought, sight or incident sound, or natural phenomenon, has a significance, a new meaning, rendering it interesting and precious, as something to be remembered.
Charles Burchfield, September 9, 1913