‘Tasso’s Tree’ Oil painting on board by Michael Heindorff



Michael Heindorff Oil Painting.

A large painting in oil on board based on the Tasso Tree’ series which he did for Bernard Jacobson Gallery in 1986. The painting is signed, titled and and dated 2001 in blue ink on the verso of the board. Framed in a wide wooden silver frame.

There are some small chips in the painting and the frame, otherwise in good condition.

1100 x 1100 mm (43 1/4 x 43 1/4 in)

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As you can see by the screen prints we also have Michael Heindorff, it was a series that was close to his heart and explored. Although taken from  Torquato Tasso 1544-1595, the acclaimed Italian poet, I do wonder if Heindorff is making a valid environmental statement regarding deforestation & the harm we are doing to our environment.

Tasso wrote his epic work ‘Jerusalem Delivered’ in 1575. Harking back to Virgil’s Polydorus his character Tancredi, having slain his Clorinda, enters the forest outside of Jerusalem, which has been enchanted by Ismend to prevent their felling for siege towers by the crusading knights. When he slashes out at a tree it bleeds blood and cries out in Clorinda’s voice. All the enchanted trees react as humans.

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