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Three Trees, Winter

1922
16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Harold Weston
American (Merion, PA, 1894 - 1972, New York, NY)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Emily Sibley Watson
Accession Number: 1925.33
Location: Currently on view
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In 1922, the year he painted "Three Trees, Winter," Harold Weston wrote:

"I stopped beside a big hemlock tree and reached around the great trunk to feel its vigor, its reality, its life existing essence. My ear, laid against the wet bark, seemed to hear the pulse, the flow of life-creating sap....[R]oots plunged into the soil, made it one with the earth and gave it life. As a primitive pagan I bowed before the mystery of that world spirit that giveth life to nature and to man."

Weston has recently emerged as one of the premier painters of the Adirondack landscape. His modernist sensibility - abstract forms, expressive lines and colors - renew the viewer's understanding and appreciation of traditional vistas. In the words of collector Duncan Phillips, "There is a young American painter who stirs in me the hope for a re-birth on this new soil of something that was not lost to the art of painting with the passing of Vincent van Gogh."

[Gallery label text, 2007]

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Artist's signature, lower left: Weston

Date, lower right: 1922


Provenance
The artist; purchased by Mrs. James Sibley Watson from an exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery, 1925, for the Gallery

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Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Chapter on Harold Weston's Three Trees, Winter, written by Rebecca Foster.
Harold Weston Foundation This site is a good source of information on Harold Weston's life and work.


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