SOLD Night Sky Over Roof

by Charles Burchfield (1893–1967)
Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper laid down on board
19¾ x 13¾ inches (sight size)
Estate stamp lower right: B# 479


The artist

Estate of above

Kennedy Galleries, New York, New York

Ted Shen, acquired from above, 1996

Sale, Modern American Masterworks from the Ted Shen Collection, Christie’s, New York, New York, April 21, 2023, lot 12, from above


Kennedy Galleries, New York, New York, Charles Burchfield, April 17–May 15, 1993

Kennedy Galleries, New York, New York, Selected Highlights of American Art, 1993

Kennedy Galleries, New York, New York, Charles E. Burchfield Discoveries: Early Watercolors, 1996


Charles Burchfield (New York: Kennedy Galleries, Inc., 1993), 17, pl. 15.

Selected Highlights of American Art (New York: Kennedy Galleries, Inc., 1993), n.p., no. 20.

Related Works

Untitled [Black and White Cloud – Cloud Study], 1916, watercolor with graphite on paper, 13⅞ x 19⅞ inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State

Night Scene, 1935, watercolor, pastel, and charcoal on paper, 16⅞ x 26⅞ inches; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

Winter Moonlight, 1951, watercolor on paper, 40 x 33 inches; Wichita Art Museum, Kansas

Orion in Winter, 1962, watercolor on paper, 48 x 53 15/16 inches; Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain

Note: Charles Burchfield showed a fascination for the sky throughout his career, depicting the sun, moon, and stars at times with great accuracy and at others with expressive fantasy. In this work, the night sky fills the composition as the moon illuminates the scene. In 1916, Burchfield described in his journal, “I must commence to see half the sky in a picture—not merely a spot, but the whole immensity of it.”[1]

[1] J. Benjamin Townsend, ed., Charles Burchfield’s Journals: The Poetry of Place (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993), 444.

Artist Biography

Watercolorist with Romantic Realist Vision of American Life

By Amy Spencer

Best known for his romantic watercolors, Burchfield developed a unique style, swinging between realism and fantasy, to express his profound respect for the American landscape.

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

Charles Ephraim Burchfield is celebrated for his visionary paintings of the American

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