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Trees

Samuel Halpert (American, b. Russia, 1884-1930)

Trees, 1917

  • Oil on canvas
  • 32 x 25 1/2 in. (81.3 x 64.8 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Wesley Halpert with donor maintaining life estate, 1990-145

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The solid, simplified forms of the trees and farmhouses in this painting reflect the modernist style of artist Samuel Halpert. Halpert uses thick outlines and deep colors to give volume and power to his forms; the result is reminiscent of stained glass. Halpert generally painted from nature, depicting the landscapes he saw before him. Here, he uses atmospheric perspective to enhance the sense of depth in the scene: The trees in the distance are painted in more subdued colors and with fewer details than those in the foreground.