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delirium's avatar

I need some help finding a particular art piece that escapes my memory.

Asked by delirium (13609 points ) August 20th, 2008

Its an impressionistic painting of a centered large red and gold and yellow tree. It might have some green.
The painting itself is really mostly a painting of the way that light reflects on leaves on a sunny day.

its gorgeous.
Big tree, it takes up most of the painting.

I remembered it as a Monet, then tried Renoir… but can’t find it.

Any art history gurus know what i’m talking about?

(This is the closest thing, I think. http://www.geocities.com/rr17bb/monet1.jpg)

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delirium's avatar

No, as much as I love that one. The piece that i’m talking about isn’t post-impressionist.

delirium's avatar

No. This is an actual impressionist, not a modern starving artist.

wrestlemaniac's avatar

no i think this is it, it might be small, but it’s a van gogh, http://paintings.name/images/art/100/VanGogh1TH.jpg

paulc's avatar

Is there only one tree?

Is the whole tree in the painting or do the branches extend out past the edges?

Are there any people in it?

Is the sun light rising, mid-day or setting?

paulc's avatar

@wrestlemaniac, the Van Gogh painting came to my mind too. Here’s a larger version of it.

delirium's avatar

Wrestle, van gogh is a post impressionist.

Its much more realistic.

I think there are people under the tree. I THINK its autumnal. Must be midday, because the piece is all about the way that sunlight glints off of leaves. (no, really. It is.)

delirium's avatar

Also, that van gogh was the first thing suggested.

wrestlemaniac's avatar

then you lost me, but i keep trying.

delirium's avatar

Wrestle, i’d appreciate it if you would stop trying. This question obviously is geared at people who have a previous knowledge of art history. If it were possible to find it through simple google image search of combos of key words, I wouldn’t have asked.
(As proof I cite the two modern images that you’ve tried, and the reposting of the first image suggested.)

paulc's avatar

Ah well I don’t have formal art history training so I’ll stop trying as well then.

wrestlemaniac's avatar

you really hate me don’t you? and for your information, my grandma was a known artist in Poland and she told all that she knew about art.

delirium's avatar

I don’t hate you in particular. I just find your information to noise ratio frustrating. I don’t enjoy having to skip over your posts that lie lay between every other answer, yet contain very little actual information.

The paintings you showed me had obvious dates of November 2007, and October 05/6. They’re both from obscure modern painters.

I’m asking for Art History, and not just art.

Also, considering how much you lie, and how much you admitted that you lied. I don’t believe you about your grandmother.

delirium's avatar

Paul, I wasn’t asking for formal art history training. I was asking for a wisp of history knowledge. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t post new paintings unless they were reproductions of fairly reputable pieces.

wrestlemaniac's avatar

words be told, curse thee unfold, thy soul you have sold!!

delirium's avatar

There’s no such thing as spells and curses. It doesn’t make you look cool.

gailcalled's avatar

D: can you do a similar scribble with crayons or colored pencils, scan it and let us have a look? Lots of impressionistic trees out there.

shilolo's avatar

@Del. Do you remember whether you saw it in a museum or a book? That might help narrow it down.

gailcalled's avatar

Shilolo’s example was new to me…not the right trees but gorgeous in their own right. Thanks.

wrestlemaniac's avatar

huh, narrow minded person, believe what you want, it’s just as well people don’t believe something and they ignore it, but when it’s to late they’re like holy crap, it’s true, then they’re screwed.

delirium's avatar

I saw it in grangers art history textbook a while back. An older edition. But before eastern and western art were in separate textbooks.

I, at the time, looked it up online and put it as my desktop background for a few months. I have been trying to find it for a few weeks.

Gail: I’ll do a quick sketch on photoshop, but I must say, my memory of it is vague.

delirium's avatar

And wrestle: If only it were that easy to ignore you.

wrestlemaniac's avatar

don’t answer me then, if you don’t think it’s worth it, jeez.

EmpressPixie's avatar

Did someone already put this out there?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:G.Caillebotte-_P%C3%AAcheur_au_bord_de_l%27Yerres.jpg

EmpressPixie's avatar

Shoot, it looks like that doesn’t really work. It’s in the gallery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caillebotte

EmpressPixie's avatar

(I’m assuming you don’t know the name, so I wasn’t bothering, but Pêcheur au bord de l’Yerres for the purposes of the gallery.)

delirium's avatar

Thank you, pixie, that’s the closest yet. The quality of light where the boy is diving off the pier is VERY similar. Especially how it glints in the trees.

EmpressPixie's avatar

Very similar in that “possibly the same artist” way? (Also, you are welcome. I love a good “do you know this..” challenge.)

wrestlemaniac's avatar

wow this guy has really good paintings, the La Plaine de Gennevilliers, looks scarily the same as the picture i have of the place when i went to Poland last year, and the painting is french. weird.

delirium's avatar

Potentially the same artist.
The quality of the light in http://i002.radikal.ru/0712/38/0cb82b516a36.jpg is pretty much EXACT. Also his brush strokes are very similar…. I think.

(I was hoping that someone loved challenges like that. Its driving me crazy to not remember the painting!)

wrestlemaniac's avatar

here’s a trick you can try, it always works for me to remember something to look at something similar like what your trying to remember for like 5 minutes, afterwords try to get it out of your mind, right there and then the original something you tried to remember will pop up in your head, while trying to forget about that similar thing.

delirium's avatar

Wrestle, I asked you to please stop responding in my question before. Further doing it constitutes harassment. Please, stop answering in this question.

gailcalled's avatar

Del: good examples although they are wrong. I have gotten to see some lovely art. It has distracted me from the dental work I had done this AM. plus the numb jaw and the drooling when I try to talk. Smile. You’re on Candid Camera.

delirium's avatar

I’ve gone through all the large and extra large images for Caillebotte, and the painting isn’t there, sadly.

I’ll try a very vague sketch now. Don’t get your hopes too high, my memory is very blurry.

wrestlemaniac's avatar

hey i can still respond to other peoples responses right? and i don’t tell you to stop responding to my questions, so….

gailcalled's avatar

—@Wrestle; Try using caps at beginning of sentences and periods at the end.. If you feel like getting vitriolic, at least be clear, (as this reprimand is).

delirium's avatar

Wrestle: This is a question that I asked, legitimately wanting to have help, and you are preventing my question from getting a clear concise answer. I therefore have a right to request that you cease to waste space in the question, making it even more difficult to find a solution.

wrestlemaniac's avatar

@gail, right i make a lot of mistakes when i type on fluther, but it’s legible enough to understand, i’ll try to use better grammer stuff next time. thanks for that

dulcecorazon's avatar

@Delirum, you might want to try going to this site, Artisticclassics.com. You might find the painting you are looking for.

gailcalled's avatar

@Dulce; la conexión está quebrada.

delirium's avatar

This is the closest example I can make. The memory of it visually is vague, but the emotion is amazing (but impossible to express).

The gradient was put so you could see the white. I think the tree was more dominating, and for some odd reason I think it was a maple. The tree itself, in the painting, is totally glorious. Sparkling and shining and wind through its leaves. It is really an incredible piece.

Tree

I know the example isn’t realistic, but it was all of the memory that I had. I’d know it if I saw it. (The difficulty of this is akin to asking someone to draw the face of the gas station attendant from two days ago.)

dulcecorazon's avatar

Oh, Lo Siento Mucho Gail. :(

gailcalled's avatar

@Del: Forget the Impressionists. That is wonderful…however it does not trigger any memory. The colors and brush strokes certainly are evocative of of the Monets, etc.

delirium's avatar

I appreciate that, Gail. Thank you so much for trying. I have gone back to scouring for Monet paintings upon the realization that the lady in white could be Camille monet. She seems to always be in white.

shilolo's avatar

@Del. How much for the “Impressions of an Impressionist” you just posted? :-)

lefteh's avatar

Mmmm art history guessing game!
From what you’ve described, my first guess is Chestnut Tree in Bloom by Renoir.

gailcalled's avatar

@Lefteh: Wonderful guess; I would have thought of a fleshy, pink nude covered in autumn leaves and never considered Renoir as a landscape painter.

lefteh's avatar

Exactly! That’s why that is one of my favorite Renoirs.

Knotmyday's avatar

This looks promising.

The blog doesn’t list the name of the painting, but states that the image was found at http://wwar.com/masters/m/monet-claude.html

If not- I found a Caillebotte, another Monet and a painting that the most tedious blog on the web states is a Monet as well.

From your illustration, Pissarro immediately came to mind, but no luck.

I’ll keep looking…

lefteh's avatar

Great guesses, knotmyday.

Knotmyday's avatar

This is what I meant by Pissarro…still looking…

thanks, lefteh ;^)

Knotmyday's avatar

Bazille

edit- and the name of the first Monet is “Sunlight Under the Poplars.”

trumi's avatar

And that was the day we discovered just how many impressionist paintings of trees there are.

delirium's avatar

Thank you knot and Lefteh all. No banana yet, but Lefteh is closest. Very much so like his without the river.

lefteh's avatar

Possible

Sorry if this was guessed before, I think I missed a few.

delirium's avatar

knot: that wasn’t what I was thinking of bit it’s absolutely gorgeous all the same!!

delirium's avatar

and sorry jake… I know the pieces you posted very well and it isn’t among them.

delirium's avatar

Shilolo: it depends if you want it on a suitcase or not! ;)

BronxLens's avatar

D, I havent checked the links aforerementioned, so forgive if this posting is a duplicate:
http://wolfesmusings.com/?p=768
(seconf painting from the top)

susanc's avatar

You know, del’s image looks more post-impressionist to me, fauve maybe. Like Derain.

susanc's avatar

Or, German Expressionists. But I keep thinking about a painting that’s at MoMA, always has been, of a tree with nothing else in it, lots of leaves, and some tiny bits of trunk under the mass of color. I bet someone here remembers who did that. Every time I see it, it surprises me again. No ladies in white, though.

funkdaddy's avatar

This lines up well with your quick sketch and seems to fit the bill, but who knows…

http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Haymaking-in-Gloucestershire-c-1864-Posters_i2831601_.htm

Also, Cooliris (used to be known as PicLens) is a great plugin for this sort of thing. I know you’re a bit beyond keywords now, but it’s great for taking in artwork or photographs in general.

http://www.cooliris.com/

delirium's avatar

Funk: Sadly, that’s not it, but its absolutely GORGEOUS.

Susan: It could easily end up being that. The lady in white might not be in the actual painting. Its hard to work from a vague memory. (And i know my sketch is more post-impressionist, but its mostly just an attempt to capture the light and shape of the original painting.)

gailcalled's avatar

Great question. No correct answer but a cybertrip of glorious paintings. Keep on looking.

Thanks, Del.

delirium's avatar

I appreciate that, I’m actually enjoying all the beautiful art more than I would enjoy finding the exact painting!

gailcalled's avatar

Likewise. G

Knotmyday's avatar

More Monet-
one

two

three

four

five

six

Sisley:
one

two

three

four

five

Renoir:

one

two

And a Van Gogh to clear the palate:

Yum!

gailcalled's avatar

@Knot: a slow day at the sagebrush office?

gailcalled's avatar

@Knot: Retract my last question. Really beyond gorgeous. Thank you.

gailcalled's avatar

For all of you art lovers and art historians; check out the multimedia fine arts quiz in today’s NYT. Registration free. Tantalizing, clever and frustrating.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/08/22/arts/20080822_HIDDEN_GRAPHIC.html

Knotmyday's avatar

@gail- no need to retract, it was slow. Today is too, so prepare for another onslaught of impressionism..

gailcalled's avatar

@Knot: Take the NYT quiz.

galileogirl's avatar

Could it be Klimt’s Apple Tree? It is very reminiscent of your example

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0f9726z2a70DN/340x.jpg

gailcalled's avatar

when Andrew or Ben are looking for an example of both a good question and wonderful answers, let us remember this.

lefteh's avatar

Agreed..

gailcalled's avatar

And let us not forget the Hudson Valley Luminist painters – Frederick Church, Thomas Cole, et al.

Et al.

lefteh's avatar

Shouldn’t it be “Andrew or Ben is looking for an example?” ‘And’ would imply a plural, while ‘or’ implies singular, right?.

gailcalled's avatar

Right you are, again. (What sharp eyes you have, granny.) When Andrew and Ben are…

Here’s a Luminist painting that fits the description:

delirium's avatar

Wow. The luminist one in particular is just… Wow.

delirium's avatar

These are so amazing! I love looking through great art. We haven’t, sadly, hit it yet. Once I get home to where I might have a file of it… i’ll update.

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