© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin
Argyroglo © Tacita Dean
"Majesty" (Portrait) (2007) is a photograph of the largest complete oak tree in South-East England, known as Majesty.
Since 2001, Tacita Dean has been interested in remarkable tree specimens, in the tradition of landscape painting of the 19th century. The area surrounding the trunk and leafless branches has been overpainted with white gouache, emphasising the tree’s essence. Photographed as a timeless landmark, Majesty dominates the viewer with its imposing size but also engages in a visual dialogue in which the tree, isolated from its environment, is like a figure whose permanence has conquered time.