Night of the Equinox

  • Charles Burchfield, Night of the Equinox, 1917-1955, watercolor, brush and ink, gouache, and charcoal on paper mounted on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.86

Exhibition Label
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
Title
Night of the Equinox
Artist
Date
1917-1955
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
40 1/8 x 52 1/8 in. (102.0 x 132.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor, brush and ink, gouache, and charcoal on paper mounted on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – time – night
  • Cityscape – town
  • Landscape – river
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – house
Object Number
1986.6.86
Palette
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