© Charles E. Burchfield Estate. Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
The Mysterious Bird
Date: 1917
Medium: Watercolor on paper on board
Dimensions: 20 3/4 × 17 3/4 in. (52.7 × 45.1 cm) frame: 31 × 28 1/4 in. (78.7 × 71.8 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of John L. Sexton, 1955
Object Number: 1955-18
About: This work is based on Burchfield's experience on a road near Salem, Ohio, in March of 1917. He described his encounter on the back of the drawing: "A bird kept going back and forth overhead, making a strange whistling sound. I never could catch a look at him—he remained merely a sound."
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