Charles Burchfield at the Whitneyhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/museums/heat-waves-in-a-swamp-charles-burchfield/858/
In the 1940s, after a modicum of achievement, his compositions became increasingly complex, darker, and in instances, more spiritual and cognizant of mortality. For Burchfield, in wartime, a ravine was not simply a crux in between mountains, but the encounter between the forces of good and evil, with hope and misery trading TKO punches. And yet, a work such as Two Ravines is also at heart a rich illustration of a natural setting. The Sphinx and the Milky Waytackles several ambitious subjects, such as the dark night sky and the effluvia of the galaxy, more aerosol mist than a river of stars.