The Tree
© The Artist’s Estate

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The Tree 1990
  • Scottish Art
This painting is a late work by Winifred McKenzie. She continued to paint until the age of ninety, when her career was ended by failing eyesight. The artist’s travels in the Mediterranean, France and Switzerland from the 1960s to the 1990s inspired many of her later paintings, with still lifes and landscapes central to her oeuvre. The style of this work, with the space between tree branches painted as solid blocks, recalls Cubist painting and the work of Cézanne. McKenzie stated that she was primarily influenced by nature and the effects of light - in this work, light floods through the trees and is rendered in soft colours.

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Cubism

A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.

Oeuvre

French term which is used to refer to an artist's total body of work.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Cubism , Oeuvre, Still life

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 4396
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 63.50 x 76.30 cm
  • Credit Winifred McKenzie Bequest 2001