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United States of America 1867 – 1959


Chicago, USA

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Tree of Life window

c.1904 Place made: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Materials & Technique: glass, windows, glass: clear, coloured and iridised; brass caming; wood frame glass: clear, coloured and iridised; copper-coated zinc caming, wood frame
Dimensions: 101.0 h x 68.2 w cm framed (overall) 115.6 h x 80.9 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.1991
Image rights: © Frank Lloyd Wright/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy

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Frank Lloyd Wright was the most influential American architect of the early 20th century. His innovative Prairie houses of 1900–1910 were designed to reflect and reinterpret the forms of landscape and integrated furniture, geometric light fittings and decorated windows to create a harmonious interior environment, illustrating his concept of organic integrity. This window, with its geometric abstraction of a ‘tree of life’ motif, was one of a suite designed in 1904 for the residence of Darwin D. Martin in Buffalo, New York.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design