Maquette for "Arbre Cubiste (Cubist Tree)"

Designer Jan Martel French
Designer Joël Martel French

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Twins Jan and Joël Martel are best known for the four concrete Cubist "trees" they designed for a garden at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, a maquette of which is shown here. More than fifteen feet high, each tree had a cruciform trunk supporting quadrangular planes attached vertically and at angles, suggesting foliage. Like other examples of cutting-edge design at the fair, the Martel trees were derided in the popular press.

Maquette for "Arbre Cubiste (Cubist Tree)", Jan Martel (French, Nantes 1896–1966 Paris), Painted wood

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