January 29, 2010

'the whole scene rocks and quails before the horrid clangour'


Church Bells Ringing - Rainy Winter Night, 1917 (30 x 19 inches)

From a letter dated March 5, 1929:
"It was an attempt to express a childhood emotion - a rainy winter night - the churchbell is ringing and it terrifies me (the child) - the bell ringing motive reaches out and saturates the rainy sky - the roofs of the houses dripping with rain are influenced; the child attempts to be comforted by the thoughts of candle lights and Christmas trees, but the fear of the black, rainy night is overpowering. When I think back on such things I know what R ----------- means by the 'pang in the middle of the night."
Charles Burchfield

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