In this painting, Robert Richter depicts a tall and narrow tree, reaching high into the sky from the paved street below. Using monochromatic color and a tall vertical format, Richter looks to Chinese scroll paintings and Japanese woodblock prints, thus elevating the subject of a quiet suburban sidewalk. At the same time, because of this Japonisme, the painting likewise resembles the images that Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen captured of the Flatiron building in New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. Richter's technique of carving his designs into the wood panel support leaves the subject appearing even more like a memory than these Pictorialist photographs.
39.63 x 16.88 inches, painting
46.75 x 24 inches, frame
Titled, dated, signed in pencil & stamped with initial on verso
Housed in a frame of the artist's design and construction