withered tree (2014)
Oil painting by FEDERICO CORTESE


  • Oil painting, Paper
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 18.9 × 12.6 × 0.04 in (unframed)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Artist's description:

from the series "Withered trees".

The structure of a tree is simple and curious: some ramifications in the air to catch the light, some branching underground to pick up the food. But branches and roots are similar: both are developed linearly, until at a certain point, following an algorithm written in the genetic code of the plant, they split, bifurcate, or are tripled, growing in space with a progress which will be sensitive to obstacles of soil or climatic conditions of the place.
The drawing of the bare branches and of the roots, flattened by the simplicity of a pattern in pencil, creates an embroidery, an imaginary warping which can be generated countless times, always different.

Materials used:

oil colours and graphite pencil on paper