Graphite on wove paper, lined
Reproduced with permission from the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation
Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1953.578
Burchfield developed a language of visual symbols, in which the slumping forms of these sunflowers stood for "Mute Sorrow."
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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