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Cluster of Cypresses, Arbor IV

Oil on canvas
46 3/4 x 55 1/4 in. (118.7 x 140.3 cm)
Century: 20th Century
Credit Line: Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Museum purchase with funds from The Meadows Foundation, MM.2020.01
Accession Number: MM.2020.01

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Visual Description

This work is an enveloping, roughly 4-feet by 4-feet autumnal scene that looks into a garden full of flowers and trees. The painting situates the viewer in front of a paved path lined with warm-toned flowers all leading to a cluster of cypress trees. Each yellow, pink, white, or orange flower and fallen leaf are depicted in detail, giving the scene an almost photographic realism at first glance. The cypress trees are a rich green and form a circle with an arch through the middle of the trees, where the path leads on and continues into the background. The path also circles the circle of trees and extends in various directions, like the spokes on a wheel, each also lined with flora. Behind the emerald archway is a wall of tall, autumnal trees, covered in leaves of warm red and orange, which adorn the entire upper third of the canvas with white light shining through the branches.

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