Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection

Charles Burchfield
born Ashtabula Harbor, OH 1893–died West Seneca, NY 1967

Night of the Equinox
watercolor, brush and ink, gouache, and charcoal on paper
40 1/8 x 52 1/8 in.
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
provenance: Frank K. M. Rehn Gallery, New York, 1956

Charles Burchfield used landscape forms as symbols to convey dreams, memories, and reminiscences of childhood. Night of the Equinox captures a violent storm in the backyard of his parents' home in Salem, Ohio. Here, 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."

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