Oil on fabric
Framed: 149.5 x 84.8 x 4.1 cm (58 7/8 x 33 3/8 x 1 5/8 in.); Unframed: 135.2 x 72 cm (53 1/4 x 28 3/8 in.)
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1982.124
The bottom right portion of this painting was left unfinished; the earth-red ground layer is still visible.
Segantini painted this picture in the Swiss Alps, where he lived from 1886 to 1899. The composition is a study for an unrealized painting of Adam and Eve in paradise. Segantini’s distinctive technique is characterized by brilliant colors applied in small strokes to create an unusually vibrant surface. The artist may have intended that the bent, twisted tree, struggling for survival against alpine storms, is a metaphor for human perseverance.
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