Skip to Main Content

New Moon

November 1917
(American, 1893–1967)
Sheet: 45.9 x 55.1 cm (18 1/16 x 21 11/16 in.)
Reproduced with permission from the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation
Catalogue raisonné: Straus 278; Trovato 398
This artwork is known to be under copyright.
Location: not on view

Download, Print and Share

Did You Know?

The curved forms in the windows and roof of the building correspond with a system of symbols that Burchfield developed in 1917 to express universal moods and emotions.


This drawing represents a house in Burchfield's hometown, Salem, Ohio. Burchfield described passing the rundown building that he described as a “big black hulk against the pink sky” and being overcome by his desire to record its “character.” The house’s sinking, curved form and the shapes within the windows suggest Burchfield’s development of symbols and the foreboding mood of his work at this time.
New Moon

New Moon

November 1917

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.