I wondered why, when I saw this picture I thought it was downright creepy.
It looked like the trees were dying, that they were starving, that the life was being choked out of them. I think it was that blueish gray color. It was corpse like.
And then, because I was obviously in a macabre frame of mind I decided I wasn’t looking at trees. I was looking inside of a lung- the tops of the trees looked like alveolis and the branches and trunks looked like bronchioles.
So after going over the picture I googled the artist and found out that Jan Mankes died at the age of 30- of tuberculosis.
Jan painted a dark and airless world and it wasn’t a landscape- it was self portrait.