Oil on canvas
Framed: 93 x 108.6 x 7 cm (36 5/8 x 42 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 76.2 x 91.5 cm (30 x 36 in.)
© [year] The Educational Alliance, Inc. / Estate of Peter Blume / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Holsten 1958.318
American artist Peter Blume depicts a scene he witnessed at the ruins of Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, Italy, where a group of workers harvested olives from a monumental olive tree. While some of the men and women climb the tree, others gather the fruit in baskets. Ruined buildings frame the olive tree, contrasting the bounty of the harvest with decay.
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