Apple Tree I – (Gustav Klimt) Previous Next


Style: Art Nouveau

Topics: Forests

Date: 1900

Size: 109 x 110 cm

Technique: Oil

The Apple Tree I (ca. 1912) sold for $33 million. Klimt was a master of tricks that simultaneously created and destroyed the illusion of depth, and in a painting such as Apple Tree I, one can logically distinguish at least four distinct planes: the larger flowers in the foreground, the field between them and the tree, the tree itself, and the lush foliage beyond. Yet the overall pattern of brushstroke insistently informs us that this is a sham, the painting is as flat as the canvas that supports it. Such deliberate manipulation of the picture plane catered to the abstractionist tendencies that had always been inherent in Klimt's approach to landscape.

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