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Piet Mondriaan, Gray tree, 1911



Piet Mondriaan, Blooming Appletree, 1912

Piet Mondriaan painted a variety of trees.
Mondrian's art always was intimately related to his spiritual and philosophical studies. In 1908, he became interested in the theosophical movement launched by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky in the late 19th century; and, in 1909, he joined the Dutch branch of the Theosophical Society. The work of Blavatsky and a parallel spiritual movement, Rudolf Steiner's Anthroposophy, significantly affected the further development of his aesthetic. Blavatsky believed that it was possible to attain a more profound knowledge of nature than that provided by empirical means, and much of Mondrian's work for the rest of his life was inspired by his search for that spiritual knowledge.
Mondrian and his later work were also deeply influenced by the 1911 Moderne Kunstkring exhibition of Cubism in Amsterdam.

  
Piet Mondriaan, Trees along the Gein, 1907                                             Piet Mondriaan, The Red Tree, 1908
                               

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Ilya Yefimovich Repin  (1844 –  1930) was a leading Russian painter and sculptor.  An important part of his work is dedicated to his native country, Ukraine.
His realistic works often expressed great psychological depth and exposed the tensions within the existing social order. Beginning in the late 1920s, detailed works on him were published in the Soviet Union, where a Repin cult developed about a decade later. He was held up as a model ‘progressive’ and ‘realist’ to be imitated by ‘Socialist Realist’ artists in the USSR.

  
Ilya Repin, 1876


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Anatol, Hombroich


Emily Carr, Autumn Woods


Lawren Harris, Beaver swamp


Tom Thomson, decorative landscape, birches

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Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died aged at the age of 37.


Blooming Plumtree after Hiroshige, 1887

Cypresses
One of van Gogh's most popular and widely known series are his Cypresses.


'Orchard bordered by cypresses', 1888

The Olive Trees

  
 
Vincent van Gogh painted at least 18 paintings of olive trees, mostly in Saint-Rémy in 1889. At his own request, he lived at an asylum there from May 1889 through May 1890 painting the gardens of the asylum and, when he had permission to venture outside its walls, nearby olive trees, cypresses and wheat fields.
The olive tree paintings had special significance for Van Gogh. A group in May 1889 represented life, the divine and the cycle of life while those from November 1889 arose out of Van Gogh's attempt to symbolize his feelings about Christ in Gethsemane. His paintings of olive pickers demonstrate the relationship between man and nature by depicting one of the cycles of life, harvesting or death. It is also an example of how individuals, through interaction with nature, can connect with the divine.

  

  

Van Gogh found respite and relief in interaction with nature. When the series of olive tree paintings was made in 1889 Van Gogh was subject to illness and emotional turmoil, yet the paintings are among his finest works.

 

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Roel van Daal, Nature


Arthur Lismer, Isles of spruce

    
Tom Thomson, Northern river    and     Spring Algonquin Park


Tom Thomson, The Jack Pine


A.Y. Jackson, The red maple


A.Y. Jackson, Wilderness Deese Bay

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Stanislaw Lewkowicz

  
Row of trees along the water     and     Old Poplar


Purpletree

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