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Study for "Sun and Rocks"

© Charles E. Burchfield Foundation

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Charles Ephraim Burchfield

American, 1893-1967

Study for "Sun and Rocks", not dated

pencil and crayon on paper

sheet: 11 x 15 3/8 inches (27.94 x 39.05 cm); framed: 17 9/16 x 21 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches (44.61 x 54.61 x 2.86 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Harriet and Mortimer Spiller, 1997


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Mortimer Spiller collection, Buffalo;
donated to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, July 9, 1997



Work Type

Drawing (visual work)

Information may change due to ongoing research.Glossary of Terms

This is a study for Sun and Rocks, also in the Albright-Knox's collection. In the final work, Charles Burchfield utilized his favored medium of watercolor to develop an expressive visual iconography that reflects his profound respect for nature. His depictions of the landscape are often referred to as transcendental, a quality he believed was present in the natural world and led him to approach his work with the idea that the mysteries of nature could help him reveal his inner emotions. Sun and Rocks explores the theme of apocalyptic beauty in a scene Burchfield describes thus: “Shining from the deep blue cavernous sky, the spring sun—our great day-time star—floods the scene with brilliant light that will heal the wounds of earth and bring forth new life."

Label from Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape, November 17, 2013–October 5, 2014

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