Charles Ephraim Burchfield (aka Charles E. Burchfield)
Arctic Owl and Winter Moon
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
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.