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Night of the Equinox

1917-1955 Charles Burchfield Born: Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio 1893 Died: West Seneca, New York 1967 watercolor, brush and ink, gouache, and charcoal on paper mounted on paperboard 40 1/8 x 52 1/8 in. (102.0 x 132.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.86 Not currently on view


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Charles Burchfield used landscape forms as symbols to convey dreams, memories, and reminiscences of childhood. In Night of the Equinox, which captured a violent storm in the backyard of his parent’s home in Salem Ohio, driving rain pours from ominous clouds, and fantastical trees dance in the electrified air. The artist remembered the experience as “One of the most exciting weather events of the whole year. What we called the spring equinoctial storm. It seemed as if terrific forces were abroad in the land.”


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014

Keywords

Cityscape - town

Landscape - time - night

Landscape - weather - rain

painting

charcoal

ink

paint - gouache

paint - watercolor

paper - laid paper

paperboard

About Charles Burchfield

Born: Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio 1893 Died: West Seneca, New York 1967

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