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Tree of Life

Tree of Life
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Artist
Leo Friedlander, born New York City 1888-died White Plains, NY 1966
Date
n.d.
Type
Sculpture
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
23 x 9 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (58.4 x 24.7 x 31.9 cm)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Gordon D. Friedlander
Object number
1971.151
Luce Center Label
The tree of life is a motif found in most cultures around the world. It is often used to symbolize creation and in this case, has become the setting for a mother, father, and child. Artists during the 1930s often depicted scenes like this, in which humans were depicted as synonymous with nature. Such images helped reinforce the importance of family, nature, and home during the bleak years of the Depression.
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
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