Tree of Life

  • Leo Friedlander, Tree of Life, n.d., bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Gordon D. Friedlander, 1971.151

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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.

Title
Tree of Life
Artist
Date
n.d.
On View
Dimensions
23 x 9 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (58.4 x 24.7 x 31.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Gordon D. Friedlander

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Allegory – life
  • Figure group – family – nude
Object Number
1971.151
Palette
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