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Garden of Memories

Charles Burchfield. Garden of Memories. 1917. Watercolor, crayon, charcoal, and pencil on paper, 25 3/4 x 22 1/2" (65.4 x 57.1 cm). Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (by exchange)

Audio Program excerpt

American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe

August 17, 2013–January 26, 2014

Curator, Esther Adler: Burchfield worked predominantly in watercolor. He felt that this was a medium that was preferable to oil paint because it was fast and easier to work with.

Director, Glenn Lowry: Charles Burchfield, speaking in 1959.

Artist, Charles Burchfield: I like to be able to advance and retreat just like a man writing a book. I doubt that very few of them ever sit down and leave a paragraph as it first comes into their head. They work over it, delete things and add things. Well, I feel that I like to do that just as they do. Or as a composer does. I mean you start a picture and I don't know how it's going to come out. I think I know what I want to do but, when I put it down it's not right, and it's got to be changed. I have to find out where the idea wants to go.