The Hobo: Charles Burchfield, 1931 (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.)
The smashed weirdness of the raving cadenzas of God
Two Ravines: Charles Burchfield, 1934-1943 (Hunter Museum of Modern Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee)
Takes over all of a sudden
It tells us in a ringing anthem, like heavenly hosts uplifted,
March Wind, 1926 (Cleveland Museum of Art)
That the rhapsody of the pastoral is out to lunch.
Rock Creek Bank: Charles Burchfield, 1932 (Charles E. Burchfield Foundation/Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh)
We can take it from there.
Black Iron: Charles Burchfield, 1935 (private collection)
We can take it to Easy Street.
But when things get tough on Easy Street
Blackbirds in the Snow: Charles Burchfield, 1941-1945 (Walker Museum of Art, Minneapolis)
What then? Is it time for realism?
Winter, East Liverpool: Charles Burchfield, 1927 (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo)
And who are these guys on the bus
Freight Cars under a Bridge: Charles Burchfield, 1933 (Detroit Institute of Arts)
Who glide in golden hats past us
Pyramid of Fire: Charles Burchfield, 1929 (Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, New York)
On their way to Kansas City?
End of the Day: Charles Burchfield, 1938 (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art)
Realism: Tom Clark, 1975