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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Under the Viaduct, 1932; oil on canvas, 32 x 48 inches; Private Collection, Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Under the Viaduct, 1932; oil on canvas, 32 x 48 inches; Private Collection, Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, November 22, 1954

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Nov. 22 – Mon.

Cold, cloudy day – a few flakes of snow then light rain.
Working on the 1930 “December Light”
Letter from Vi that they cannot come as they have to work on Friday – they invited us for Christmas.

P.M. – got some “early” pictures to study them
“August Pasture” 1921 – Uprooted Tree (1920) – Iron Bridge and Winter Sun (1940) “Snow Remnants” (1932) ? (Underneath Louisiana St. Viaduct – 1938) – “Storm Over Irondale” 1920.

At 6:00 we called Sally to say we did not deem it wise for us to make the trip at this time.
Evening – The Concert –
(It took us a full half-hour getting in to the parking lot – from Richmond + Porter, almost two blocks – We were just taking our seats when the first number started – the first time we have ever committed such an offence) –

[For our colleagues at the Buffalo Philharmonic and Kleinhans, included in the journals are clippings and programs from the concert: Josef Krips, Conductor. The performance was Ralph Vaughan Williams and Schubert]

Symphony #7 in C. Major –
Franz Schubert – (born in Lichtental – (then a suburb of Vienna, now part of that city) born Jan. 31 1797 – died Nov. 1828)

Symphony #7 – composed in 1828 – lay in oblivion until Schuman discovered the manuscript and sent a copy to Mendelssohn in Leipzig, where it was performed in 1839.
A glorious concert from beginning to end – Vaughan Williams, himself conducted the Fantasia –

Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, November 22, 1954  

[Although the image attached to this quote is not the "Viaduct" image referred to in the quote, it is a visual construction that he returned to many times]

 

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