Burchfield describes how he happened to paint The Shed, explaining: "I often say that I do not choose my subjects for my pictures, that they choose me ..." Letter is six pages on three sheets of paper.
Charles Burchfield letter to Alan M. Pensler, 1966 Aug. 3. Miscellaneous manuscripts collection. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Current copyright status is undetermined
Donated 2011 by Alan M. Pensler whose family owned the painting The shed.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560