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Charles Burchfield's Seasons (Essential Paintings Series) Hardcover – August, 2004


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  • Series: Essential Paintings Series
  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566409799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566409797
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...sampling of Burchfield's sometimes quirky, sometimes mystic view of nature. A vibrant colorist...one of America's originals. Great reproductions. -- ART TIMES, November 2004

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on January 3, 2007
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It is remarkable what Charles Burchfield could do with what might be considered ordinary subjects taken from a Midwestern field or December sky. I think he will ultimately be remembered for the nature paintings that he deeply imbued with his personal symbolism of both vision and sound. Check out his "Summer Solstice" (1961 - 1966) on the cover of this book, or Plate 28, "Gateway to September" (1946 - 1956) if you'd like to see how he incorporated sound and movement into his paintings. He used `agitrons' (cartoon-strip squiggles) to indicate movement, `squeans' (asterisks with empty centers) for shafts of sunlight, and `blurgits' (Burchfield describes them as `shrill high pinpoints') for the sounds of crickets. The overall effect is Expressionist rather than cartoonish. Burchfield was a completely original watercolorist.

This book of Burchfield's paintings highlights his fascination with the changing seasons. It is not meant to be a complete biography, nor does it contain the complete works of this artist. Almost every full-page, full-color plate is accompanied by a quotation from Burchfield. Next to Plate 12, "June Wind" (1937) he says, "If all musical sounds were to be forever silenced--orchestras, bands, human voices, birds & insects--and I were allowed to retain one sound to cheer me, I would ask that the wind might play in the tree-tops. The wind! Motion is life. All is dead that stands still."

This book has a ten page introduction to Charles Burchfield's life and work, but most of `Seasons' consists of 36 carefully selected watercolors that highlight his intimate relationship with nature. I often wonder whether this artist was a synesthete--one of those rare human beings who can `see' sounds and `hear' colors.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lee Ann on September 15, 2008
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Contains graphics mostly of his later period, and very few are in colourmost are grainy black and white. The quality of print production is rather poor, and you find yourself squinting at most of the prints, to make any sense of what it is you are seeing, not so much because of the style of the art, more it's production in this book. Gave only a very short history of the artist, and did not discuss much in the way of his inspirations or change of style over the years.
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"Charles Burchfield's Seasons" by Guy Davenport is a great book on Burchfield with actual comments written by the artist. The book is in great condition and delivered on time.
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By nikita on November 28, 2014
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incredible artist! the book contain text to each other painting by Charles Burchfield itself
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