CHARLES EPHRAIM BURCHFIELD
1893 - 1967
LIGHTNING AT TWILIGHT
signed with monogram CEB and dated 1950-55 (lower left); also dated again and titled "LIGHTNING AT TWILIGHT" (on the reverse)
watercolor and charcoal on joined paper laid down on paperboard by the artist
29 ¾ by 40 inches
(75.6 by 101.6 cm)
We are grateful for the research conducted by Nancy Weekly, Burchfield Scholar, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York.
The sheet appears slightly toned overall and there is mat burn along the extreme edges. There are creases at the extreme lower left and upper right corners and there appears to be scattered areas of rubbing likely inherent to the artist's process. Select pigments may be slightly faded.
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[with]Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries, New York
Margaret McLennan Morse (acquired from the above)
Estate of the above, by 1968
Private collection (by descent; sold: Sotheby's, New York, May 27, 1999, lot 141)
A. Alfred Taubman, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (acquired at the above sale)
Estate of the above, 2015 (sold: Sotheby's, New York, November 18, 2015, lot 20)
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale
Duluth, Minnesota, University of Minnesota, Tweed Gallery, An Exhibition Commemorating the Dedication of Tweed Gallery, A Memorial to George Peter Tweed, October-November 1958
Santa Barbara, California, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Collection of Margaret McLennan Morse, March-April 1968
Joseph S. Trovato, Charles Burchfield: Catalogue of Paintings in Public and Private Collections, Utica, New York, 1970, no. 1129, p. 258
J. Benjamin Townsend, ed., Charles Burchfield's Journals: The Poetry of Place, Albany, New York, 1993, pp. 217n14, 681n59
According to the artist Robert Gober, "The works from this period of Burchfield's life are immersed in what he perceived as the complicated beauty and spirituality of nature...In these large, late watercolors, Burchfield was able to execute with grace and beauty many of the painting ideas that he had developed as a young man" (Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield, Los Angeles, California, 2009, p. 137).