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Image of Arctic Owl and Winter Moon

Charles Ephraim Burchfield (aka Charles E. Burchfield)
American, 1893–1967

Arctic Owl and Winter Moon


Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American, New York
39 3/4 in. x 33 in. (100.97 cm x 83.82 cm)
Medium and Support: Watercolor on paper
Accession Number: 1989.0002.0001

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, The Blount Collection

In his late paintings Charles Burchfield returned to a style that mirrored his earliest works; their focus was on the artist's response to his spiritual relationship with nature. His use of repetitive shapes, such as the shape of the owl's wings, reverberates throughout the painting to harmonize and unify the forms. This work likely refers to his memory of a specific event that happened in 1911, and was later recorded in Burchfield's journal. The artist was inspired by an encounter with an owl and a cardinal as he was walking near his home.

American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, cat. no. 74, p. 180.

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