IAD 25: Stealing Trees by Chris Leavens

By Chris Leavens

I guess technically, it's stealing tree, because a bit of duplication was employed. More than likely, I'll revisit this one after the month breaks -- I'd love to give it a little more time and attention.

143 points to the first person who notices the very thinly-veiled homage to an eminent surrealist.

Medium: AI CS3


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The creature stealing the tree is the same one that stole the tricycle.

Sorry, I should have been more specific. What artist of the early 20th century is being referenced? Hints will be supplied if necessary.

I think Theodore Geisel, although Easter Island would be a real-life example.

If I win, can you draw a picture of one of those trees from a side angle?

"I think Theodore Geisel"


"If I win, can you draw a picture of one of those trees from a side angle?"


I haven't commented yet because I'm deep in the middle of trying to find a set of negatives before the local photo store closes.

Still, I dig this, especially the way you captured the determined posture of Seamus. Great colours, too.

I can't find all of my damn negatives, so I'm looking at your clever pages again.

The silhouette of the trees and the wide expanse of the scene make me think of pre-War Dali; what I know of Seamus makes me think that his theft is more than it seems -- that it is, in a sense, "not a theft," which makes me think of Magritte...

I don't know if he counts as a surrealist, but there are elements here that make me think of Henri Rousseau, too; especially in the way you depict the horizon and the presence of a round thing in the sky. Actually, the boldly "2-D" nature of the trees also makes me think of Rousseau.

I'm also thinking of Marc Chagall, because I have recently remembered how much I like his work, not so much because this reminds me of his work. I just like his stuff is all.

You know who likes Marc Chagall's work? "This guy!"

The answer lies in Alex's comment, in which he actually stumbles upon the name of the artist, but quite obliquely. Enter some of these names into Google and you may win.

I'm taking a different tack--I'm going to win by boldly stating that I'm right over and over again. If this isn't The Lorax, I don't know what is. You can't reply, because you aren't holding the conch.

Huh. He said "holding the conch".



Hmm. I had either forgotten or just plain never knew that there was a later version of "The Lost Jockey" which has some trees suggestive of ones later seen in a piece by Leavens.

I'm glad you posted his, then, because I like the later version better than the first. My only hope is that, if I'm right, then Seamus didn't waylay the jockey or spook his horse as he was collecting his trees for the new community theatre.

Oh, right, Magritte. Right? If so, then "right on."

Magritte indeed. 143 pts., Alex.

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