Oil on canvas
Framed: 87.6 x 113 x 5.5 cm (34 1/2 x 44 1/2 x 2 3/16 in.); Unframed: 76.8 x 102.2 cm (30 1/4 x 40 1/4 in.)
Gift of Richard and Renee Zellner and purchase from the Dudley P. Allen Fund 2012.119
© Wilcox Family Collection LLC
The artist represents himself as the young man straddling the tree in the center of the composition.
Recalling an event that took place decades earlier during a family reunion on a farm in Brecksville, Ohio, this painting depicts the felling of a tree to extract a honeycomb in its trunk. The artist-who taught more than 40 years at his alma mater, the Cleveland School (now Institute) of Art-presents himself as the young man straddling the tree in the center of the composition.
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