Signature: signed with monogrammed initials CEB and dated 1951-56, lower left; inscribed with title and Begun Aug. 20 -1951- (Zimmerman Road, West of Boston, NY) Finished – Sept. 23 – 1956 – (In 1956 – the character of the Queen – Anne’s Lace was changed) on the reverse
Joseph S. Trovato, Charles Burchfield: Catalogue of Paintings in Public and Private Collections (Utica, New York: Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, 1970), p. 264, no. 1147
Reverend Victor H. Neeb, East Aurora, New York
Private collection, New York, after 1970
By descent to the present owner, New York
About Charles Ephraim Burchfield
Charles Burchfield is known for dark and spooky watercolor paintings that depict highly personal images of nature and small-town streetscapes. His early work, influenced by an interest in Asian art and unexposed to European modernism, exudes a fantastical sense of whimsy, wherein architecture and nature seem alive with energy. In the 1930s he had a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art and was commissioned by Fortune magazine to paint a range of industrial subjects, from railroad yards to coalmines. After painting these motifs for several years, Burchfield returned to the rural landscapes that he loved, recording seasonal changes from direct observation. In the 1940s, he revived the quirky, expressive elements and distorted forms of his early paintings.
American, 1893-1967, Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio, based in Gardenville, West Seneca, New York