A drawing of the petrified trees from the petrified forest of Chemnitz, made by Svend Keller, dated third and fourth of April, 1949 (click on the image to view an enlarged version). Mixed media on paperboard, ca. 17,2 cm x 24,2 cm (ca. 6,8′ x 9,5′). I am not sure about the media used, probably watercolor with opaque white and charcoal.
The trees were standing in front of the Museum of Natural History of Chemnitz. Fitting the subtitle of this blog, this drawing/painting looks a bit like an abstract. The tree trunks could also be abstract sculptures although they are natural objects.
The petrified forrest of Chemnitz, found in Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf, consists of tree trunks burried in a pyroclastic stream of volcanic ashes during the Permian, about 291 million years ago. Silicic acid washed out of the ashes by rain entered the wood and petrified it. Chemnitz is one of a number…
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