Alley Light, 1915

by Charles Burchfield (1893–1967)
Watercolor and pencil on paper laid down on board
11⅝ x 8⅝ inches (sight size)
Signed and dated lower left: Chas Burchfield 1915

Sisti family

Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, New York

Private collection, New York

Sale, Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 3, 2023, lot 43


Charles E. Burchfield Pencil and Watercolor Studies, 1915, Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, New York, October 23–November 21, 1998

Related Works

Green Columns, 1916, watercolor on paper, 20 x 14 inches; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Snow Covered Alley, 1916, watercolor, graphite, and gouache on paper laid down on board, 19¼ x 14¼ inches; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

House and Tree by Arc Light (Shooting Star; House At Night; House and Tree), 1916, watercolor on paper, 19⅞ x 13⅞ inches; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art, Utica, New York

Note: A journal entry from October 9, 1915 may reference this work, with the artist writing, “My attempt in my work to attain more realism, has choked up my imagination. But tonight after school coming thru the park in the high wind, I dreamed of walks along remote yellow-lit country roads, on a windy evening. The other evening Dan & I downtown prowling around obscure streets at midnight.”[1]

[1] Charles Burchfield Journal, October 9, 1915.

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