Trees Grow Through Time

"Trees are beautiful. Why don't you photograph trees?" -- Jo Stockton, in Funny Face.     The artists ultimate subject, the tree, has been around since before humanity, growing and moving. changing and dancing, and yet always sittings still. I want to showcase a small sampling of trees in different media throughout history.

An ancient Moché sculpture depicting a deity as a tree. As art in ancient culture was mostly symbolic, the form of the tree was highly stylized. The leaves were attached via hooks.
Study of Tree, done in watercolor and graphite in the 1700s. Unlike the Moché sculpture which symbolism prevailed, the purpose of this painting is to focus on the tree itself. Capturing in realistic form and muted colors the emotion that the artist saw in the form and shape of the tree itself.
An oil painting of a birch tree. The artist uses a realistic style and color palette. I like this piece because the pose and the lighting has been chosen to create a dramatic story.
An oil painting of a birch tree against a sunset. A couple of people are seen standing under the tree. This time the tree is not the main focal point, but rather shown in relation to the scene and the story around it. I'd like to imagine myself standing with another person under that tree.
An Abstract painting of thorn trees, by Graham Sutherland, whose Neo-Romanticism prompted him to paint meaningful painting about issues he felt deeply about. I chose this piece as a representative of symbolism in a modern cultural.
An oil painting of people walking under trees. The soft pastel colors are very evocative of romantic poetry. The focus here is not on realism or symbolism, but the emotion of those enjoying the golden light that seems to be emanating from the trees themselves.
Under an old apple tree depicts a story of the tree itself, as a provider of a family the tree has a personality. The coloring and the shapes speak of a cultural styling. The Linear layout draws your eyes across the tree towards each member of the family.
The ultimate in realism: an ink rubbing of a slice of a fallen tree. While not photographic this certainly reflects a desire for accuracy in certain areas of modern art. This is more than simply a piece of abstract art, but a record of the existence of a particular tree.
Modern abstract artwork depicts a forest from the perspective of one lying inside a circle of trees and looking upwards as the trees seem to come inward and up. The circular symmetry draws your eyes in to the piece and creates for me an emotion of wonder.
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