August 27, 1916
Watercolor and opaque watercolor with graphite on wove paper
Sheet: 50.5 x 35.3 cm (19 7/8 x 13 7/8 in.)
Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 1930.850
Reproduced with permission from the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation
Catalogue raisonné: Straus 142; Trovato 196
Burchfield's notations about color placement can be seen behind the layers of watercolor in this drawing, when studied closely.
Burchfield began to experiment actively with watercolor after returning to Salem. Early on, he worked carefully, outlining the composition completely in pencil before filling it in with watercolor. Faint graphite lines are visible throughout this depiction of the sun casting light through a star-shaped opening between flowering bushes. He later broke from this practice and worked directly with watercolor.
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