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Noontide in Late May, 1917

Charles Burchfield

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Noontide in Late May is one of more than five hundred watercolors Charles Burchfield created between 1916 and 1918 that recalled his childhood fascination with natural forces. Based on a view of his neighbor’s garden in Salem, Ohio, this watercolor is more than a record of external fact. His neighbor’s backyard becomes a fantastic landscape of spring blooms pulsating with life. Burchfield wrote on the back of this painting in pencil, describing it as “an attempt to interpret a child’s impression of noon-tide in late May—The heat of the sun streaming down & rosebushes making the air drowsy with their perfume.”

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