The Moon and Queen Anne’s Lace, 1960

by Charles Burchfield (1893–1967)
Watercolor and gouache on paper laid down on board
44¾ x 34 11/16 inches
Monogrammed and dated lower right: CEB / 1960

Provenance

Frank K. M. Rehn, Inc., New York, New York

Private collection, New York, New York, acquired from above, 1961

Private collection, New York, by descent from above

Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, March 25, 2015, lot 13, from above

Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York, acquired from above

Private collection, New York, New York, acquired from above, 2015

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, November 14, 2023, lot 357, from above

Exhibited

Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries, New York, New York, Charles Burchfield, January 3–28, 1961

The Color of the Moon: Lunar Painting in American Art, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, February 8–May 12, 2019; James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, June 1–September 8, 2019

Literature

S. Trovato,Charles Burchfield: Catalogue of Paintings in Public and Private Collections (Utica, NY: Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, 1970), 319, no. 1367.

Kathryn Finegan Clark, “Michener Exhibition Showcases the Many Colors of the Moon,” Bucks County Herald (July 4, 2019): 24.

Laura Vookles and Bartholomew F. Bland, eds., The Color of the Moon: Lunar Painting in American Art (Yonkers, NY: Hudson River Museum, 2019), 125, no. 14.

Related Works 

Queen Anne’s Lace, 1957, watercolor, brush and black ink, and pencil on paper, 10¾ x 16¾ inches; Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan

Dandelion Seed Heads and the Moon, 1961–1965, watercolor, gouache, charcoal, and sgraffito on paper, 56 x 40 inches; Private collection

New Moon in December, 1965, watercolor and conté crayon on paper, 17¼ x 10⅞ inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State, New York

Note: With its extravagant field of flowers and bold rings of colorful moonlight, this painting exemplifies key nature motifs that Charles Burchfield repeated throughout many of his works.

Artist Biography

Watercolorist with Romantic Realist Vision of American Life

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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.

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

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