Circle or Follower of Faustino Bocchi. Master of the Fertility of the Egg. 1700s.
Oskar Schlemmer. Costumes for the Triadic Ballet. 1924.
The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken. Each unique Tree of 40 Fruit grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds.
Sculpted through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit blossom in variegated tones of pink, crimson and white in spring, and in summer bear a multitude of fruit. Primarily composed of native and antique varieties the Tree of 40 Fruit are a form of conversation, preserving heirloom stone fruit varieties that are not commercially produced or available.
According to Science Alert:
Van Aken used a technique called chip grafting to add more varieties on as separate branches. This technique involves taking a sliver off a fruit tree that includes the bud, and inserting that into an incision in the working tree. It’s then taped into place, and left to sit and heal over winter. If all goes well, the branch will be pruned back to encourage it to grow as a normal branch on the working tree.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Urseli Hunger mit Blumenkranz und Ernst Ludwig Kirchners Kater Boby, um 1920 (Urseli Hunger with a wreath of flowers and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s cat, Boby, circa 1920)
Nine Inch Nails & Peter Murphy - Atmosphere (Joy Division cover)