Winter Night

This object has related works. See
(American, 1893–1967)
Sheet: 27.7 x 24.8 cm (10 7/8 x 9 3/4 in.)
Reproduced with permission from the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation
Location: not on view
This artwork is known to be under copyright.

Download, Print and Share

Did You Know?

The two children who stare out of the window of the left house are replaced in the final watercolor by a Christmas tree, which symbolized Burchfield's favorite holiday.


In this drawing, Burchfield focused on the two houses seen in his 1917 watercolor, Church Bells Ringing, minimizing the church steeple that dominates the final composition. He also further developed the work’s symbolism, describing the scene as “An imaginary composition—two houses in the foreground; one on the left to represent human evil and misery; that on the right: happiness and innocence. In the background a building to signify . . . materialism, and a church steeple to denote religion or idealism.”
Winter Night

Winter Night


Charles Burchfield

(American, 1893–1967)
America, 20th century

Visually Similar Artworks

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.