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Pine Tree

Pine Tree

c. 1897

Giovanni Segantini

(Italian, 1858-1899)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 149.5 x 84.8 x 4.1 cm (58 7/8 x 33 3/8 x 1 5/8 in.); Unframed: 135.2 x 72 cm (53 1/4 x 28 3/8 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1982.124

Fun Fact

The bottom right portion of this painting was left unfinished; the earth-red ground layer is still visible.

Description

Segantini painted this picture in the Swiss Alps, where he lived from 1886 to 1899. The composition is a study for an unrealized painting of Adam and Eve in paradise. Segantini’s distinctive technique is characterized by brilliant colors applied in small strokes to create an unusually vibrant surface. The artist may have intended that the bent, twisted tree, struggling for survival against alpine storms, is a metaphor for human perseverance.

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