The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of December 8, 2016

Church Bells Ringing, Rainy Winter Night, 1917

watercolor and gouache over graphite, Sheet: 77.20 x 50.00 cm (30 3/8 x 19 5/8 inches); Secondary Support: 77.50 x 50.00 cm (30 1/2 x 19 5/8 inches). Gift of Mrs. Louise M. Dunn in memory of Henry G. Keller 1949.544

Painted in December 1917, this watercolor is generally considered the masterpiece of Burchfield's early visionary phase. Salem, Ohio was largely constructed in the mid 19th-century, and the artist was fascinated by the creepy qualities of the gloomy Gothic architecture of that period.

signed, lower right, in graphite: Chas E Burchfield / Dec. 1917

New York 1930, 5-7, 11, no. 17, pl. 17; Cleveland 1953, 20, no. 30, pl. i; cma 1957, no. 9; New York et al. 1963-64, 25, 71, no. 9; Los Angeles et al. 1968, 15, 67, 84, no. 84; Utica 1970, no. 77; cma 1984-85b; cma 1985a; Boston et al. 1986-87, no. 48; Buffalo et al. 1993-94, 41, fig. 15, 42-43, 112 nn. 47-49, 115; Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, May 19 - July 21, 1996 "Transformations in Cleveland Art 1796-1946", p.88, fig.87, p.245. Cleveland 1996, 88-89, 104 n. 56, 245, no. 44
The Cleveland Museum of Art (8/27/00 - 10/17/00); NY, NY: The Pierpont Morgan Library (5/24/01- 8/19/01); Museum of Fine Arts Houston (10/14/01 - 1/6/02); "Master Drawings from The Cleveland Museum of Art", exh. cat. no. 100, pp. 238-239; p. 297.
Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; March 28 - July 18, 2004. "Burchfield to Schreckengost: Cleveland Art of the Jazz Age", no exhibition catalogue.
Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center (organizer); Whitney Museum of American Art (6/24/2010 - 9/1/2010): "Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield" p. 19 (detail) and p. 62.

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