|Charles Burchfield, Night Scene, 1935|
|Charles Burchfield, Orion in December, 1959|
Like so many artists working in the first half of the 20th century, Burchfield wished to go beyond surface appearances, instead giving visual form to the essential life force at the heart of all living things.
|Charles Burchfield, Arctic Owl and Winter Moon, 1960|
|Charles Burchfield, Glory of Spring, 1950|
"An artist must paint not what he sees in nature, but what is there. To do so he must invent symbols, which, if properly used, make his work seem even more real than what is in front of him," said Burchfield.
Looking at Burchfield's remarkable paintings, one feels one's been given a privileged peak at a slice of the world normally hidden from human eyes. The vibrating lines and swirling strokes that energize his fields and forests represent the sounds and spirits of the primeval earth. He also painted some absolutely eerie townscapes that look like the backdrop to a story by H.P. Lovecraft. How cool is that?
|Charles Burchfield, Rainy Night, 1918|
Check out the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State for more information on this fascinating artist. This wikipedia article is quite good too.