Charles Burchfield's Journals: The Poetry of Place

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The personal journals of Charles Burchfield reveal the unique vision and approach to life that established him as America's preeminent watercolorist and painter of nature. When he died in 1967 at the age of seventy-three, Burchfield had filled seventy-two bound notebooks with his personal entries, comprising some 10,000 pages. He included sketches, doodles, quotations, clippings, weather, notes, and other marginalia and insertions offering a rare glimpse into the artist's life. Presented here in book form, the ...
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The personal journals of Charles Burchfield reveal the unique vision and approach to life that established him as America's preeminent watercolorist and painter of nature. When he died in 1967 at the age of seventy-three, Burchfield had filled seventy-two bound notebooks with his personal entries, comprising some 10,000 pages. He included sketches, doodles, quotations, clippings, weather, notes, and other marginalia and insertions offering a rare glimpse into the artist's life. Presented here in book form, the edited journals are organized thematically. The editor's introductions place each section in biographical and art historical context. The material is annotated and informed by the previously unpublished archives of the Burchfield Art Center, and complemented by 41 color plates and 131 black and white illustrations. These journals constitute a full, detailed history of an American artist's life, presenting a culmination of two major literary genres: the nineteenth century spiritual autobiography and the American nature journal. Burchfield's notes feature the activities, daily sketching trips, nature observations, personal encounters, artistic growth, and the religious conflicts of a major American artist. Beginning with the summer before his third year in high school and continuing up to the months before his death, the journals are as complete a record of Burchfield's thoughts and career as Delacroix's journals or Van Gogh's letters to his brother Theo are of theirs. Burchfield was born in 1893 in Ashtabula, Ohio, and grew up in Salem, a small town in the northeast section of the state. He received his art training at the Cleveland School of Art. After a year's tour of duty in the Army, he moved to Buffalo, New York, and went to work as Assistant Designer and later Director of the design department of M.H. Birge and Sons Wallpaper Company. When in 1929 Frank K.M. Rehn of New York offered to become his art dealer, Burchfield resigned from Birge in order to
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Art historians are usually forced to interpret an artist's life and creative output solely through fragmentary historical evidence and examination of the works themselves. Not so in the case of the American landscapist Burchfield (1893-1967), who left a highly documented private and public life. The thematic arrangement of excerpts from his lively and thoughtful journals, interwoven with 41 color and 131 black-and-white illustrations of his expressive landscapes, creates a deeply personal and insightful portrait of a well-rounded individual who drew sustenance from all of the arts as well as from nature. The editor provides a context for each of the topics via section introductions and has included such supporting materials as footnotes, a chronology, genealogies, and maps. An intimate counterpoint to the standard references, John I.H. Baur's The Inlander: Life and Work of Charles Burchfield, 1893-1967 (Univ. of Delaware Pr., 1982) and Joseph S. Trovato's Charles Burchfield: Catalogue of Paintings in Public and Pri vate Collections (1970. o.p.).-- Kathleen Eagen Johnson, Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown, N.Y.
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pages) by J. Benjamin Townsend. What a great event--the edited and annotated journals of Burchfield Brilliantly edited (from 72 bound notebooks comprising some 10,000 (1893-1967), the preeminent American watercolorist and painter of nature, complemented by 41 color plates and 131 b&w illustrations. And what a journal--Burchfield's intelligence, sensitivity, spirituality revealed in notes on activities, sketching trips, nature observations, personal encounters, literature and music, artistic growth, and religious conflict. Beginning with the summer before his third year of high school and continuing up to nine months before his death, the journals constitute a huge 20th-century spiritual autobiography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791409916
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 737
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.83 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Plates
Foreword
Preface
Editor's Introduction
I Proem: The Journals 1
II The Outer World
Small Town and Rural Countryside: Salem 9
Industrial City: Buffalo 37
Suburban Retreat: Gardenville 47
III The Inner World
Self-Reliance and Sacred Privacy 57
Crisis 72
Dreams and Fantasies 105
Love 124
Nostalgia 169
IV Nature as Phenomenon: Burchfield, the Naturalist 195
V Nature as Manifestation: Burchfield, the Poet and Visionary
Nature as Self: The Romantic View 243
Nature as Other: The Transcendental View 332
VI Professional Life
Art Education and Apprenticeship 421
Artistic Development 434
The "Art World" 548
VII Credo
Art and the Artist 583
Music 597
Literature and Films 617
Politics, War, Science, and Progress 630
Religion and Philosophy 640
Life, Aging, Death 655
Notes 665
Genealogical Charts 709
Maps 711
Chronology 714
Selected Bibliography 717
Index 721
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