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Landscape with Four Trees
  • Birger Sandzén
    born: Blidsberg, Sweden ; died: Lindsborg, Kansas, United States ; active: United States
  • Landscape with Four Trees, 1920
  • Where object was made: United States
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 121.3 x 90.6 cm
    Canvas/Support: 47 3/4 x 35 5/8 in
    Frame Dimensions: 56 x 43 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Olin Petefish
  • On view: 20/21 Gallery, 405, W1
  • 1976.0001
Label Text

Four dark pine trees spread across the composition from left to right. A round sun is setting between the two trees on the left and is reflected in a pool of water below the mountains in the background. The sky is a multicolored sunset with hues of light purple and darker blue. Some jagged rocks protrude into the foreground amid the trees. The brushstrokes are thick and evident and give the painting a sense of movement and dreaminess.