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Geometree No. 51

© Estate of François Morellet / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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© Estate of François Morellet / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

François Morellet

French, 1926-2016

Geometree No. 51, 1984

acrylic on canvas with branch

support: 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches (200.025 x 200.025 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of the artist, 1984

1984:9

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Inscriptions

signature, dated; inscription / reverse, upper left / Geometree no. 51 Morellet 1984

Provenance

October 25, 1984, donated by the artist to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Class

Paintings

Work Type

Acrylic painting (visual work)

Information may change due to ongoing research.Glossary of Terms

During the early 1950s, François Morellet began creating paintings based on simple geometric systems such as patterns and grids. In his "Geometree" series, Morellet playfully explores the relationship between science and nature. The obvious pun in the painting’s title refers to the work’s combination of man-made and natural geometry, which is further conveyed by the artist’s use of a tree branch as the main compositional element. The branches’ shapes in Geometree No. 51 are repeated, continued, and complemented by the painted lines, yet at certain distances and angles, the lines meld together. The success of this combination challenges the notion that nature and science are opposite to one another.

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