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Burchfield fills the gap between seasons


Charles Burchfield, Buffalo's own watercolor master, was particularly attuned to the change of the seasons. He reveled in those moments when beams of sun broke through dark storm clouds, or when the winter chill finally gave way to the first hints of summer heat. He tried to suspend those moments and build them out into phantasmagorical images in his paintings. Today's climactic fluctuations -- grey skies one moment, shimmering sun the next -- reminded me a bit of this Burchfield piece, "December Storm" -- perfectly approrpriate for today in effect, if not in name.

--Colin Dabkowski


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