Label Text: Burchfield is one of the great interpreters of the American landscape. His fundamental realism is invigorated by a romantic awe of nature. His watercolors reveal the beauty and spirituality he found in familiar outdoor scenes. Burchfield produced a very limited number of prints during his long career. Summer Benediction is one of only three Burchfield lithographs and was a special commission from the Print Club of Cleveland.
"Burchfield was one of America’s most famous artists when the Print Club of Cleveland commissioned this lithograph from him. He was not a printmaker but a great watercolorist with a very calligraphic style. Despite his lack of experience and interest in making prints, he did produce a signature piece with this image that was offered as a privilege of membership to the Print Club.
Lithography has always been characterized as a user-friendly medium for anyone who likes to draw. It was a perfect choice for Burchfield who could translate his lively brushwork into equally animated expressive lines with the specialized crayons and liquid version of the lithographic medium. His gently abstract, semi-surreal depiction of a world teeming with vitality hints at unseen mystical and spiritual forces that were at the center of all his work. His pictures tingle with life (written by Nancy Sojka for Passion on Paper: Masterly Prints from the KIA Collection, 2018)."