Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967)
Winter Afterglow
signed and dated 'Chas Burchfield/-1917-' (lower left)–dated again, inscribed with title and '"House and trees in the grip of/winter–the house seems to crouch/in fear; and the trees writhe in agony/against the twilight sky."' (on a label affixed to the reverse)
watercolor and gouache on joined paper
20 x 2112 in. (50.8 x 54.6 cm.)
Executed in 1917.
The artist.
Frank K.M. Rehn Gallery, New York.
Acquired by the late owners from the above, by 1952.
J.W. Straus,"Charles E. Burchfield: An Interview with the Artist, and Account and Analysis of His Production, and a Catalogue of His Paintings," B.A. honors thesis, Harvard University, 1942, no. 195.
J.S. Trovato, Charles Burchfield: Catalogue of Paintings in Public and Private Collections, Utica, New York, 1970, p. 56, no. 256.
C.L. Makowski, Charles Burchfield: An Annotated Bibliography, Lanham, Maryland, 1996, pp. 44, 63.
New York, Frank K.M. Rehn Gallery, Early Water-colors by Charles Burchfield, 1917-1918, November 20-December 16, 1939, no. 41.
Chicago, Illinois, Art Institute of Chicago, 20th International Exhibition of Watercolors, July 17-October 5, 1941.
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Contemporary American Watercolors, October 16-November 9, 1941.
Utica, New York, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Museum of Art, The Nature of Charles Burchfield: A Memorial Exhibition 1893-1967, April 9-May 31, 1970, n.p., no. 100.
Katonah, New York, Katonah Gallery, American Painting, 1900-1976, November 1, 1975-September 11, 1976.
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We would like to thank Nancy Weekly, Burchfield Scholar at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, for her assistance with cataloguing this lot.

Nancy Weekly writes of the present work, "Winter Afterglow is the first artwork listed in Charles E. Burchfield’s Painting Index, Vol. II, no. 1, which was donated to Burchfield Penney Art Center by his widow, Mrs. C. E. Burchfield, in 1970. In this listing, which includes a black and white photograph, he noted that the house was on Green Street and Garfield Avenue (later renamed N. Lincoln Avenue) in Salem, Ohio. He also recorded that it had been sold by Rehn to John W. Straus. Notably, Mr. Straus was the first Harvard undergraduate allowed to write his honors thesis on a living artist. His 1942 catalogue of Burchfield’s paintings was also noted in Joseph S. Trovato’s 1970 updated catalogue for the Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute." (unpublished letter, 2020)

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