The fifth graders at Ames & Blythe Elementary are holding a gallery opening of their Tree of Life Projects.
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Tree of Life Study
Students have been working hard on their study of Kilmt's Tree of Life painting. We are getting ready to share our interpretations of the painting as well as personal connections we have found with the image at an art gallery opening April 1st for the fifth graders at Blythe and Ames.
Fifth graders, please share your ideas of what you would want to see at the gallery opening by posting a sticky note to the bulletin board at the link below. (The board is closed but you can still see the ideas that were posted.)
There are many different interpretations of the beautiful painting, The Tree of Life by Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt. The idea and image of the tree of life has various ties to different religions and cultures. Gustav Klimt’s radiant colours and style has made this interpretation very memorable.
The tree of life in Gustav Klimt’s painting is thought to be the tree that Klimt believed links the earth, heaven and the underworld together. The way the trees roots go deep into the ground was meant to symbolise the strong presence of mother nature. The fruit and flowers are meant to show that life springs from the earth. The black bird is meant to be the symbol of the afterlife. The image of a black bird is commonly used in many cultures to symbolize death.
Other art critics have interpreted that the tree is meant to symbolise the virtues of mankind, like strength wisdom and beauty. The roots going into the ground are meant to represent the man's roots in his home. The common belief in the theory that man came from soil and will eventually return back to it could have been explored in this way. The branches have been stretched out almost as if they are reaching to show how man tries to reach out for new opportunities. Overall many agree that the painting gives a feeling of unity and a sense of the cycle of life and death. But, from the may different colors, shapes, and imagery it can be interpreted in a hundred ways.
Gustav Klimt was an Austrian painter born in 1862 and has many world famous paintings such as “The Kiss” and “The Tree of life”. Klimt was thought to be a rebel who went against the norms of the academic way of painting