The Bee Tree

The Bee Tree

1930

Frank Wilcox

(American, 1887-1964)

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

Fun Fact

The artist represents himself as the young man straddling the tree in the center of the composition.

Description

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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