The Tree of Life, Stoclet Frieze

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L'Arbre de Vie, Stoclet Frieze
English: The Tree of Life, Stoclet Frieze
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ArtistGustav Klimt
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions195 cm × 102 cm (77 in × 40 in)
LocationMuseum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria

The Tree of Life, Stoclet Frieze (French: L'Arbre de Vie, Stoclet Frieze) is a painting by the Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. It was completed in 1909 and is based on the Art Nouveau (Modern) style in a symbolic painting genre. The dimensions of the painting are 195 by 102 centimetres (77 by 40 in),[1] and it is housed at the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria.[2]

The painting is a study for a series of three mosaics created by Klimt for a 1905-1911 commissioned work at the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, Belgium. The mosaics were created in the artist's Late Works period and depict swirling Trees of Life, a standing female figure, and an embracing couple. The mosaics are spread across three walls of the Palais' dining room, along with two figural sections set opposite each other.[3]

The iconic painting later inspired the external facade of the "New Residence Hall" (also called the "Tree House"), a colorful 21-story student residence hall at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts.[4]

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  1. ^ Rogoyska, Jane; Bade, Patrick (2011). Gustav Klimt. Parkstone Press International. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  2. ^ Austrian Museum of Applied Arts
  3. ^ Klimt Museum
  4. ^ "MassArt Residence Story: This is the house that collaboration built". MASCO: Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization. MASCO, Inc. Retrieved 2013-12-24.