Tree Planting

Jeanne Reynal

Glass and Tile Mosaic

Tree Planting by Jeanne Reynal

About this piece

Tree Planting depicts golden trees and branches rising up in the foreground behind a colorful background. Tree planting is meant to celebrate Arbor Day, a national holiday that celebrates and promotes the planting of trees. Arbor Day got its start in Nebraska.

About Jeanne Reynal

Jeanne Reynal
Jeanne Reynal working at her studio on the property of Frederick Thompson, Stinson Beach, CA, 1947. Courtesy Reynal Archive and Eric Firestone Gallery, New York

Jeanne Reynal was born in 1903 in Whiteplains, New York. Reynal pioneered a new type of mosaic that took on a more contemporary and abstract approach.

At the time the standard for mosaics was a Byzantine approach that was very ordered and flat. Reynal flipped that on its head and added great texture and depth to her work. She was a master of using glass in her work. Although cutting individual pieces of glass for her work took a great deal of time, the effect was it gave a much greater surface to reflect and refract light.

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