[Tree]

Object Details

Title:

[Tree]

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown maker, French

Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard (French, 1802 - 1872)

Culture:

French

Date:

1853

Medium:

Salted paper print

Dimensions:

21.3 x 17.3 cm (8 3/8 x 6 13/16 in.)

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More than a document, this is a portrait of a tree, centered within the frame, with its presence dominating the landscape. The branches cut off at the top of the frame seem to magically reappear as the tree that peeks up from a lower bank of the river, a smooth expanse of white in the middle ground. The arched outline of a bridge is barely detectable in the far distance as Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard celebrated the beauty of the simple, natural subject. The rough wooden legs of an unidentifiable structure intruding into the picture lend a touch of spontaneity to the scene.

Related Works
Exhibitions
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995, (Cat.)