Trees and Netting

Accession Number

Trees and Netting

Frank Barsotti

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
circa 1960-1975

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

10 15/16 in x 13 15/16 in (27.78 cm x 35.4 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Arnold M. Gilbert

Subject matter
This photograph depicts a view of a Tuscan olive grove during harvesting season. In order to collect as many olives as possible, pickers lay down finely meshed nets beneath the trees to catch any fallen fruit. Created within the grove, this photograph affords a view of the lightly colored nets laid out beneath the gnarled branches of the olive trees. The nets rest on the uneven ground, forming a billowing, rippling surface that appears almost wave-like, wispy and silken. This soft, shimmering quality is echoed by the shine on the olive trees’ leaves above.  Printed in a deep range of tones, this image imparts a sense of mystery and tranquil beauty.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a view of a Tuscan olive grove with netting laid out beneath the trees.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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Canarium (genus)
Italian (culture or style)
Olea europaea (species)
Tuscan (culture or style)
groves (plant communities)
modern and contemporary art
nets (objects)
tree farms

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Nature in Photography
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