DescriptionCHARLES EPHRAIM BURCHFIELD (American, 1893-1967)
Country School House in Winter, 1918
Watercolor on paper laid on board
14 x 20 inches (35.6 x 50.8 cm) (sheet)
Signed and dated lower left: Chas. Burchfield / Jan. 27, 1918
Frank K.M. Rehn Gallery, Inc., New York;
Harold O. Love, Detroit, Michigan, acquired from the above, October 5, 1962;
By descent to the present owner.
"P.M. Along Bottom Road to Egypt and Albany - Near Sundown -
In the shadowed Bottoms -
From a swamp now I hear suddenly a rollicking bird song, like a songsparrow - shortly after the crinkling of a buggy on the road -
Desolation of hillside Houses -
At Albany where the Evening star came out in the afterglow - the moon hung in the zenith - dark windows; sound of voices; smoke pouring up from chimneys -
Silent expectancy of houses -
In the country the dark sky seems to be dissolving in the deathlike silence -
In winter houses seem only half as large as in summer."
- Charles E. Burchfield, January 20, 1918, Journals, Vol. 32 (courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, www.burchfieldpenney.org).
The present work is accompanied by photocopies of the original bill of sale from Frank K.M. Rehn Gallery, Inc., as well as a letter of authenticity from Nancy Weekly, Head of Collections and The Charles Cary Rumsey Curator for the Burchfield Penney Art Center, signed and dated April 8, 2013.
Sheet drymounted to board backing to an overall size of 16 x 22 inches; light overall paper discoloration; very minor frame abrasions along the sheet edges; small notch and tear at the center left bottom sheet edge; framed under plexiglas. Framed Dimensions 22.5 X 28.25 Inches
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