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Sunflower Studies

Sunflower Studies

1917

Charles Burchfield

(American, 1893-1967)

Graphite on wove paper, lined

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1953.578

Fun Fact

Burchfield developed a language of visual symbols, in which the slumping forms of these sunflowers stood for "Mute Sorrow."

Description

Charles Burchfield made numerous studies of dead sunflowers, focusing on the leaning and twisted forms of the plant. In these drawings, he hoped to capture the contrast of a flower that he saw as “gloriously alive . . . at the height of its vigor . . . [which] nevertheless seems more alive . . . when quite dead.”

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