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.


Plowed Field, 1916


The Coming of Spring, 1917-43


Springtime in the Pool, 1922


Dusk, 1926


Skunk Cabbage, 1931


March Sunlight, 1932


The Open Door, 1932


The Glory of Spring, 1934-55


Pussy Willows, 1936


The Dark Ravine, 1946


Sunshine and Rain, 1946-47


An April Mood, 1946-55


Dawn in the Early Spring, 1946-66


The Glory of Spring, 1950


Birth of Spring, 1951-59



Photo: Charles Buchfield, NYC, 1941 by Arnold Newman

Leave a Reply