Masterpieces with Single Tree Composition

Fundamentally, all landscape paintings have a focal point, which draws the viewer’s eye to the heart of the paintings composition. For instance (as shown below), the cypress trees serve as the focal point in Vincent van Gogh’s painting ‘Wheat Field and Cypress Trees’, the sun in Claude Monet’s painting ‘Impression’ and the central tree in the painting ‘Banks of the Marne’ by Paul Cezanne.

But what if the composition of the painting comprises of a single tree, the focal point diminishes and the central figure is the lone subject of the painting. Which genre would the artwork fall under – Landscape, subject study or symbolic art? The theme sounds vague, boring and bland but surprisingly this rare composition has been captured beautifully by many master artists. We explore few such masterpieces that aesthetically illustrate this atypical theme.

The Mulberry Tree by Vincent van Gogh-
The isolated tree shown against a rocky terrain has its branches spread out with a blast of fiery colors. Vincent managed to create a magical autumn experience by means of just a single tree.

 

 

Rose bushes under the Trees by Gustav Klimt-
The canvas is like a confetti explosion of various shades of greens and yellows. Klimt’s unique composition of a single tree with rich foliage, depicted with tiny specks of brush strokes is one of his most popular masterpieces.

 

 

The Tree Series by Piet Mondrian-
The solitary trees in the series are depicted in their most basic and simplistic form, true to Mordrian’s art movement ‘De Stijl’ / ’The Style’. Cleverly angled brush strokes, and limited palette void of greens are the unique characteristics of this series.

 

 

The Bonaventure Pine by Paul Signac-
Painted in pointillism style a huge Umbrella Pine tree stretches across the canvas. The subdued background highlights the majestic form and the interesting shape of the tree. Following the pointillism technique of small dots applied in patterns, pixels of lighter tone sprinkled around the tree, suggest sunlight filtering through the leaves, adding a dreamy feel to the painting.

 

 

Autumn trees by Egon Schiele-
The bare lone trees made by the expressionist artists are metamorphic, the series deal with the themes related to death and rebirth. Grey palette, twisted trunk, cloudy sky and entwined branches are a compelling portrayal of a stormy winter, allegorical of misery and loneliness.

 

 

Pine Tree near Aix by Paul Cezanne-
The composition of this artwork differs from the rest, it’s unique and abstract, much like the other artworks of the post impressionist artist. The central figure (i.e. the pine tree) gets cut from all sides and is used as a frame for the painting. The mesh of the branches connecting the sides, combine all the elements to the center of the composition.

 

 

The Oak by Edvard Munch-
The artwork has an interesting color scheme, cool sky tones gradually descend to warm earthy color, diagonally from top left to bottom right. Though the color gradient of the tree is reflected on the background, yet Munch successively managed to highlight the tree as the central figure.

 

 

The Pink Peach Tree by Vincent Van Gogh-
The painting depicts a peach tree in bloom during springtime, despite being painted with subtle and pastel shades the artwork looks vibrant and spirited. The perspective exaggerated by the tapering flow of the brush strokes helps in highlighting the tree as the main subject.

Click to buy Canvas Prints of these Masterpieces from our store on AMAZON.in

 

 

Th.V. Doesburg, Drei Haeuser by Juan Gris-
The abstract treatment represents the tree as a three-dimensional form viewed from a single perspective. The cubist artist’s composition despite its simplified geometric forms retains the look and feel of a landscape.

Click to buy Canvas Prints of these Masterpieces from our store on AMAZON.in

 

 

Tree in flower near Vetheuil by Claude Monet-
The father of impressionism’s technique of capturing light and its effect on the color of the object is at play in this painting. The light and shade on the solitary tree are represented brilliantly with precise dabs and dashes of varied tones.

 

 

Little Oak Tree by Franz Marc-
The simplicity of the painting is reminiscent of ‘The Mulberry Tree’ by Vincent van Gogh (first painting on the top), spirals of fresh green leaves are highlighted by the brilliant blue sky and animated strokes of the ground.

 

 

The Fig Tree by Paul Klee-
The lone trees’ composition, monochromatic tones and the arrangement of the colored shapes reflect the artists experience in stain glass.

Click to buy Canvas Prints of these Masterpieces from our store on AMAZON.in

 

 

L’Arbre (The Tree) by Pablo Picasso-
Picasso’s neutral colored artwork illustrates a stylized tree, with array of bold strokes and distorted shapes, the composition is compact with interlinked forms.

 

 

A Great Tree by  J. W. Turner-
The Watercolor artwork projects a powerful and majestic tree, the composition partly cuts the tree from the sides, highlighting the sunlit part of the tree as the focal point.

 

 

Click to View our Collection of Masterpiece’s on AMAZON.in
The Prints are as realistic as the originals.

Incase you have a query regarding the Quality of the Prints or for Shipping details mail admin@ocherart.com or call 9915199636

Advertisements

Paintings vs Prints

So you decide to decorate your walls, what is it going to be, Paintings or Prints. Whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned collector this is undoubtedly one of those dilemmas that gets you all confused and drives you round the bend but no amount of reasoning validates a logical outcome. Both have their own charm and both can add creativity and energy to the interiors and value to your art collection.

Original artwok by artist Suresh Gulage

Original artwok by artist Suresh Gulage

Technically, an original painting is much more expensive than a print, so is the excitement and hullabaloo created over a costly painting justified, considering the affordable prints available in the market? Prints are mass produced whereas the painting you love is personal, it has been hand made by the artist for your sole possession there can be no reproduction of the masterpiece. In essence, possessing an original painting brings its own special delight. It’s one of a kind that’s the real beauty of the art. You are the sole owner of an absolutely unique piece and that’s an out of the ordinary feeling.   It’s an incredible reflection of your persona and most importantly there is an emotional connection. Unlike a print a painting can be treasured for generations, they are your legacy, a piece of heritage. Many also buy art as an investment which is not applicable for prints, mostly original paintings increase in value over time. If you study the art industry well and make insightful choices then chances are you may land up making a handsome amount of cash.

Museum print of painting by artist Egon Schiele

Museum print of painting by artist Egon Schiele. CLICK TO BUY THIS PRINT FROM AMAZON.in

However, a print has its own place and appeal especially since these days there are many online galleries offering exquisite affordable prints on state of the art material like cotton-poly canvas and acid free paper. So if an original painting doesn’t come within your tight budget and you can’t afford it doesn’t mean you have to compromise with a cheap calendar like offset print from the local framing shop. Premium prints these days are printed with latest technology using archival inks on fade resistant material, they are almost indistinguishable from the original painting, so you need not compromise on your taste and quality. You can now stay well within your budget and still get splendid art to your house. If you don’t buy art as an investment and you like to change your interior décor frequently then you should definitely consider prints.

In conclusion, no matter what you choose, painting or a print, what really matters is how the artwork makes you feel. An art collector who owns both paintings and prints will definitely advice you to first determine the emotional connection and then factor the cost. The artwork has to speak to you and make you smile each time you look at it.