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by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanart.
|Undergrowth with Two Figures, van Gogh|
Long before the Philadelphia’s recent van Gogh show opened, I had been familiar with many of the artworks in the exhibition through reproductions. One piece in the exhibition which I have always loved is “Undergrowth with Two Figures” Of course, the reproductions in my books can not compare to the brilliance and genius of paintings in real life.
|Forget me Notes, 24×24″ Tree Painting ©Miriam Schulman|
In Undergrowth with Two Figures, which is borrowed from the Cincinnati Art Museum, two lone figures appear as tree trunks in a wooded forest. Van Gogh asserted that this painting represented companionship and that people are not complete without a partner. However, the faceless figures appear trapped by these trees with no clear path for a way out of the forest. The central “figure” in this painting is the large tree trunk.
|Mixed Media Tree Art, Knotty Notes, © Miriam Schulman
In my series of tree paintings, I eliminated the figures entirely. In my paintings, the trees are the companions. I borrowed from van Gogh the use of a high horizon line and the very simple tree shapes. For my trunks I use piano sheet music which I have torn and tinted with watercolor. The backgrounds in my series are all brilliant whether I am using acrylic or watercolor paint. The high horizon line is a technique
|Forest Haze, 26×40″ Watercolor Painting © Miriam Schulman|
van Gogh had picked up from the Japanese prints he so admired.
To see more tree art click HERE.