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Sun and Rocks

Charles Burchfield (American, 1893–1967). Sun and Rocks, 1918–1950. Watercolor and gouache on paper, 40 x 56 inches (101.6 x 142.2 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1953 (RCA1953:4). © Charles E. Burchfield Foundation

© Charles E. Burchfield Foundation

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© Charles E. Burchfield Foundation

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Charles Ephraim Burchfield

American, 1893-1967

Sun and Rocks, 1918-1950

watercolor and gouache on paper

sheet: 40 x 56 inches (101.6 x 142.24 cm); framed: 45 5/8 x 61 5/8 inches (115.89 x 156.53 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1953

RCA1953:4

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Inscriptions

signature, undated / lower left / CEB

Provenance

the artist;
sold to the Albright Art Gallery, November 27, 1953

Class

Paintings

Work Type

Watercolor (painting)
Gouache (painting)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

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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