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Tree of Life
Title Tree of Life
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Oil on Canvas
Main Artist S.G. Vasudev
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1941
Country India
Period / Year of Work 1987
Dimensions 90 cm x 90 cm
Brief Description The Vriksha has been central to Vasudev's artistic vision. In the early years of the Vriksha series, the canvas was thickly encrusted with swirls of paint, as if the tree itself were growing out of the canvas. It's gone through many mutations, becoming the "Tree of Life and Death" in the late 80s. "To me it symbolizes sexuality, fertility, procreation, as well as our links with our past, its myths and legends, the branches spreading out into the future," says Vasudev. It was in every sense a fertile period." Although change is an important aspect of his work, it is always held tight by an inherent consistency. Vasudev's art revealed the main aspects of the Cholamandal aesthetic.