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Fifteen Paintings of the Spring by Charles Burchfield

Charles Burchfield (1893-1967) painted every season wearing a wide brimmed hat to keep the sun from making him squint. He wanted to see nature clearly, the dark with the light, knowing full well that he needed the darkness to see the light. Burchfield began to write about and paint the natural world when he was seventeen and continued to do both until his death. He is my favorite American painter. I grew up in the South Mountain in Pennsylvania and I saw the natural world breathing with its own spirit as aware of me as I was aware of it, of them. Every rock, every branch, every stream, call them deities if you want. They are there. Here are a few paintings, out of many, that Burchfield painted of the Spring.


Dusk, 1926

Dusk, 1926


March Sunlight, 1932

March Sunlight, 1932


The Coming of Spring, 1917-43

The Coming of Spring, 1917-43


Skunk Cabbage, 1931

Skunk Cabbage, 1931


The Dark Ravine, 1946

The Dark Ravine, 1946


Pussy Willows, 1936

Pussy Willows, 1936


Springtime in the Pool, 1922

Springtime in the Pool, 1922


An April Mood, 1946-55

An April Mood, 1946-55


Birth of Spring, 1951-59

Birth of Spring, 1951-59


Dawn in the Early Spring, 1946-66

Dawn in the Early Spring, 1946-66


Plowed Field, 1916

Plowed Field, 1916


The Open Door, 1932

The Open Door, 1932


Sunshine and Rain, 1946-47

Sunshine and Rain, 1946-47


The Glory of Spring, 1934-55

The Glory of Spring, 1934-55


The Glory of Spring, 1950

The Glory of Spring, 1950




Photo: Charles Buchfield, NYC, 1941 by Arnold Newman

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