Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Autumn Branches, 1948; watercolor on paper laid down on board, 30 x 23 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives
Charles Burchfield, Journals, September 27, 1962
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Cold, dark, raining – A fairly brisk wind from the N. N.E. – Leaves constantly falling –
In the studio, working on various pictures – each one seems to need something –
Made the largest box (51 x 56)
In the mail letter from Irene Hofeld expressing pleasure in my work – she enclosed a clipping of a critical review of the opening of the Johnson Collection at Milwaukee “Orion in Winter” was reproduced. The writer referred to me as “one of the fine old men of American Art”! In commenting on that Miss Hofeld said, “you are too much aware of life to be called old.”
A letter from C. Broemel, who enclosing a clipping from the C.S. Monitor – They also reproduced the “Orion in Winter”.
Evening music – Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, Sibelius Fifth + the Karelia Suite.
So many people have been wanting to come to the studio. It has grown to be a depressant worry to me – Tonight when I went upstairs to kiss Bertha goodnight and mentioned it, she expressed a firm conviction we should have no one come – how understanding she is!
Charles E. Burchfield, September 27, 1962