Leo Friedlander, born New York City 1888-died White Plains, NY 1966
23 x 9 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (58.4 x 24.7 x 31.9 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Gordon D. Friedlander
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.