Across the Mountains and Into the Trees
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 29x39 in
- The title of the painting relates to Ernest Hemingway's 1950 novel, Across the River and Into the Trees.
- As with many of Hemingway's works, this one is full of autobiographical details intertwined with time present and days remembered.
Love is associated with a private garden protected from prying eyes
by a landscape filled with trees or mountains. It is a concept as familiar
as the Garden of Eden or heaven, connected with the images of Adam
and Eve in the Christian culture or with Hindu art depicting Shiva and
The blue colors that dominate the painting are a symbol of the skies,
infinity, and spiritual life. The petals resemble feathers that can evoke
the image of the Blue Bird that brings happiness and good fortune to
those in love. The Blue Bird, became a popular symbol of joy and
happiness after Maurice Maeterlinck's 1908 play of the same name.