Charles Burchfield (1893-1967) Fish Houses 18 x 21in

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Charles Burchfield
(1893-1967)
Fish Houses 18 x 21in

Sold for US$ 22,500 inc. premium

American Art

22 Nov 2016, 14:00 EST

New York

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
Charles Burchfield (1893-1967)
Fish Houses
bears inscription 'MAR - 9 - 1917 / # 534 / 552' and '#166222717' (on the reverse)
watercolor and gouache on paper laid down on board
18 x 21in

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection, New York.
    By descent to the present owner, 1999.

    On March 9, 1917, Charles Burchfield recorded the following observation in his journal:

    "A morning with the peculiar blk haze coming down from the Zenith – Horizon strangely white – sky & roofs same tone leaving houses in fragments. Anything with a tower is a huge overpowering blk thing with a livid white edge— & buildings in front of it are in fear.

    Noon – hazy layer sky -, melted snow on mud-snow forms vivid bizarre patterns on ruts & turf – A feeling as if all at once things are going to change and a new world introduced, yet it never does —
    A rare sunset, as on a hot August evening, the melted snow & mud freezes slightly; the sky is wet' a dense brown haze fills the air making objects strangely elusive —"

    Accompanying this lot is a detailed research report completed by The Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York, dated October 2016.
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