The Tree 35 (1973) by Aaron Siskind

The Tree 35 - Aaron Siskind - 1973

Artwork Information

TitleThe Tree 35
ArtistAaron Siskind
Date1973
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
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About The Tree 35

Aaron Siskind’s “The Tree Photograph 1973” is a gelatin silver print that showcases a close-up of the bark of a tree. While it appears to be just a simple image of nature, it is actually part of Siskind’s abstract photography style. He focused on details and flat surfaces to create a new image that was independent of the original subject. Siskind was involved with the abstract expressionist movement and was friends with painters like Franz Kline. His work was inspired by music and literature, which he used to convey qualities of expression in his photography. “The Tree Photograph 1973” is part of MoMA’s collection along with other major collections worldwide, wherein this specific version had been gifted by Richard L. Menschel in 1977. The photograph’s interpretation can vary from person to person some may see it as just bark while others might perceive it as part of a different landscape or rock form. However, regardless of what people take away from it, by isolating one detail from its context and transforming into abstraction in printmaking media like this photograph creates reconsideration for what art can capture or communicate differently in ways that language sometimes limitedly does not express sufficiently enough for viewers’ understanding. In conclusion, “The Tree Photograph 1973” showcases Aaron Siskind’s skill at transforming an ordinary subject into something extraordinary using his unique perspective and innovative abstract photography style. It continues to captivate audiences worldwide due to its simplicity yet complex ability for creative freedom in construction through photography techniques applied innovatively during its time presented as influential even up until today’s modern era present-day artists followed suit on such methods for their own artwork creation processes and purposes done around the world too.

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