May 5, 2015

Setting Sun through the Catalpas (Late August Sunset)

Setting Sun through the Catalpas (Late August Sunset)

August 27, 1916

Charles Burchfield

(American, 1893-1967)

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

Catalogue raisonné: Straus 142; Trovato 196


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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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