Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Study for "December Storm", 1943; conté crayon on paper, Overall: 10 15/16 x 17 in. (27.8 x 43.2 cm) Frame: 19 1/2 x 25 1/4 in. (49.5 x 64.1 cm); The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, Vol. 44, Dec. 7, 1941, pp. 22
Friday, December 7, 2012
Dec. 7 - (Sunday)
Cold and clear!
P.M. Philharmonic concert - In the intermission, news of Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), The Philippines, Hong Kong etc -Impossible to take in its significance at once) -
4:00 - to Bartholomew’s to pick up Catherine, thence to Fredonia to get M.A. & M. - (Sally & Cathie to play at a Walther League convention at Eden.) -
A fine sunset - the sun sinking behind long bars of golden clouds - it appeared as a huge elongated oval of blinding light; then again, as a series of such bars, quivering & swelling and contracting - At Fredonia, Venus above the houses with a beautiful halo of light around it.
The meeting both boring & tiring - A flippancy and utter lack of taste in the manner in which the toast-master introduced his speakers - Cathie’s & Sally’s playing (Berceuses fr. Jocyln) & Rev. Neeb’s speech only redeeming features.
Afterwards, the moon high in the sky - a ring around it.
[Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, Vol. 44, Dec. 7, 1941, pp. 22:]