Night of the Equinox

Media - 1986.6.86 - SAAM-1986.6.86_2 - 135620
Copied Charles Burchfield, Night of the Equinox, 1917-1955, watercolor, brush and ink, gouache, and charcoal on paper mounted on paperboard, 40 1852 18 in. (102.0132.5 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.86

Artwork Details

Night of the Equinox
Not on view
40 1852 18 in. (102.0132.5 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
Mediums Description
watercolor, brush and ink, gouache, and charcoal on paper mounted on paperboard
  • Landscape — time — night
  • Cityscape — town
  • Landscape — river
  • Architecture Exterior — domestic — house
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Artwork Description

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


Media - 1986.6.100 - SAAM-1986.6.100_2 - 135134
Modern American Realism: Highlights from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection
October 20, 2018November 28, 2018
This exhibition presents some of the most treasured paintings and sculpture from SAAM’s permanent collection, including artworks by Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, George Tooker, among others.