Sunflower Study

by Charles Burchfield (1893–1967)
Pencil on paper
15⅞ x 10¼ inches (sight size)
Estate stamp lower right: C-139


Kennedy Galleries, New York, New York

Private collection, New York, acquired from above, ca. 1999

Related Works

Sunflower Studies, 1917, graphite on wove paper; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Dancing Sunflowers, 1950, watercolor, 29⅛ x 29½ inches; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Sunflowers, 1960, crayon on paper, 22 x 17 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State, New York

Note: Sunflowers became a repeat motif for Charles Burchfield. Throughout his career the artist depicted the recognizable flower in a variety of scenes and mediums. In one of his journals Burchfield describes, “Along the creek here wild sunflowers abounded—they overran everything and seemed ever on the point of even overcoming the trees themselves. A single flower is odd. The drooping petals give the center an appearance of jutting forcibly upward.”[1]

[1] J. Benjamin Townsend, ed., Charles Burchfield’s Journals: The Poetry of Place (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993), 228.

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IV. Exhibitions
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