Graham Sutherland OM Green Tree Form: Interior of Woods 1940

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Green Tree Form: Interior of Woods
Date 1940
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 787 x 1079 mm
frame: 982 x 1260 x 92 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1940
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1940

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This composition was based on a tree fallen across a grassy bank, its roots exposed. Sutherland has isolated this ‘found object’ and abstracted its form so that it seems to loom from the murky green surrounds. It thus becomes like a monster, or even a truncated human figure similar to the distorted, erotic dolls of the Surrealist Hans Bellmer.

August 2004

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