Green Apples, 1914-1915
Canadian, 1864 - 1955
oil on canvas
63.3 x 94.4 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 1154)
© Estate of Ozias Leduc/ SODRAC (2013)
The heavy apple-laden branches of the tree descend in a series of interlaced curves to form an elegant suspended frieze. A fragrance and a burgeoning light seem to emanate from the surface that is enlivened by the little strokes of colour. The painting is, moreover, highly symbolic: the Eden it depicts, which lay at the foot of Mont Saint-Hilaire, where the painter had his orchard, offers an image of the origins of life and art.
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