Tree of Life
Born: New York, New York 1888
Died: White Plains, New York 1966
bronze 23 x 9 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (58.4 x 24.7 x 31.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Gordon D. Friedlander
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47B
Luce Center Label
The tree of life is a motif found in most cultures around the world. It is often used to symbolize creation and in this case, has become the setting for a mother, father, and child. Artists during the 1930s often depicted scenes like this, in which humans were depicted as synonymous with nature. Such images helped reinforce the importance of family, nature, and home during the bleak years of the Depression.
Allegory - life
Figure group - family - nude
metal - bronze
About Leo Friedlander
Born: New York, New York 1888 Died: White Plains, New York 1966
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