The American artist Charles Burchfield was born on this day in 1893.
Burchfield painted mainly in watercolor, a medium he used to develop an expressive visual iconography that incorporates various shapes and calligraphic markings to capture his profound respect for nature. His depictions of the landscape are often referred to as transcendental, a quality he believed was present in the natural world and led him to approach his work with the idea that the mysteries of nature could help him reveal his inner emotions. Sun and Rocks, 1918–50, explores the theme of apocalyptic beauty, a scene Burchfield describes thus: “Shining from the deep blue cavernous sky, the spring sun—our great day-time star—floods the scene with brilliant light that will heal the wounds of earth and bring forth new life…” Sun and Rocks is on view through October 5, 2014, as part of the exhibition Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape.
Charles Burchfield (American, 1893–1967)
Sun and Rocks, 1918–50
Watercolor and gouache on paper
40 x 56 inches (101.6 x 142.24 cm)
Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1953