Stephen McKenna
An English Oak Tree 1981

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Stephen McKenna born 1939
An English Oak Tree
Date 1981
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2000 x 1500 mm
frame: 2040 x 1530 x 45 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1982
On loan to Pinacoteca do Estado (São Paulo, Brazil)

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In making this painting McKenna was very aware of the importance of the oak tree as an English national symbol, and of pictures of single trees by other artists such as Courbet, Crome and Caspar David Friedrich. The artist made drawings of a particular oak tree in Dulwich Park, south London, and developed the painting from them. The landscape background is imaginary. 'An English Oak Tree' is a pair with one of a beech tree in a large park in Brussels, painted at the same time. McKenna has painted several pictures of city parks, being interested in their combination of the natural and the man-made.

September 2004

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