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Sepia-toned forest on cover of 'Gardiens du silence, Evocation poétique des arbres', by Scheidegger & Spiess.

Gardiens du silence

Evocation poétique des arbres

Edited by Nathalie Chaix
Edited by Laura Salvadori


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  • A beautifully designed and inspiring, visual-poetic walk into the world of trees and forests in art
  • Artistic representations of trees from the 16th to the 21st century are complemented by poems written especially for this book
  • Exhibition: Gardiens du silence: évocation poétique des arbres at the Musée Jenisch in Vevey, Switzerland (21 June 2021 to 29 October 2023)
Full Description

Trees and forests are often described as guardians of silence, sentinels of humanity, and wonderful representatives of the plant world. What makes the fascination of trees? How have artists of the past depicted them, and how do women artists represent them today?
This French-language book takes an unusual look at these indispensable creatures of nature. Artistic representations from six centuries — including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and photographs — demonstrate their beauty and magic. The images are complemented by poems written especially for an exhibition at the Musée Jenisch in Vevey, Switzerland, and for this coinciding, beautifully designed volume. Together they form a visual-poetic walk, enabling the reader to experience the forest as a mirror, a refuge, and a source of almost unlimited material and metaphorical inspiration.

Text in French.

About the Author

Nathalie Chaix is an art historian and director of Musée Jenisch in Vevey, Switzerland, where Laura Salvadori serves as an assistant curator of fine arts.

Scheidegger & Spiess
17th Aug 2023
World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
210 mm x 145 mm
256 Pages
142 color
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