American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe

Charles Burchfield (American, 1893–1967)
Rogues' Gallery
Watercolor and pencil on paper
13 7/8 x 19 7/8" (35.2 x 50.6 cm)
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller

Charles Burchfield. Insects at Twilight. 1917

Gouache, watercolor, crayon, charcoal, ink, and pencil on paper, 13 7/8 x 19 7/8" (35.3 x 50.5 cm). Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (by exchange)

Assistant 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.

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