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 isolated this ‘found object’ and abstracted its form so that it seems to loom from the murky green surrounds. It resembles a monster, or even a truncated human figure similar to the distorted, erotic dolls of the surrealist Hans Bellmer. Writing about his process, Sutherland stated, ‘The prototype in nature has got to be seen through the terms of art. A metamorphosis has got to take place.’

September 2016

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