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The Living Tree

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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This is a surreal painting of a faceless paper woman in a burgundy dress. She is standing in a desolate landscape with a black Venetian mask at her feet. To the left of the figure there is a large ornately carved fork and spoon bundle, suspended in the air by a pink bow. In the background there are tall spindly branches 'growing' from the ground, which are reminiscent of tree trunks. The desolate landscape depicts snow-covered fields with a heavy, grey sky.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on panel


H 61 x W 43 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from Stafford Gallery, 1939

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Inscription description

artist's inscription : : brc: artist's name : ADNAMS.


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Manchester Art Gallery

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