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Tree of Life

n.d. Leo Friedlander 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 1971.151 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

Figure group - family - nude


metal - bronze