"Tree of Life" Window from the Darwin D. Martin House (Buffalo, New York)

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Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959)
Fabricated by Linden Glass Company (Chicago, Illinois 1884–1934)
"Tree of Life" Window from the Darwin D. Martin House (Buffalo, New York), 1904
Glass with zinc cames
41 1/2 × 22 1/2 in. (105.41 × 57.15 cm)
Gift of the Frederick Layton Art League in memory of Miss Charlotte Partridge and Miss Miriam Frink M1978.262
Photo credit: Richard Beauchamp
© Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Currently on View

Frank Lloyd Wright designed several different types of windows for the Darwin Martin house in Buffalo, New York, but this is perhaps the most iconic. The stylized prairie plants-perhaps sumac-are arranged into three boldly geometric flowers, each supported by three branches. The glass itself changes color with altering light, lending the window a sense of naturalism akin to a prairie landscape. Wright supervised every detail of the home's design, from the architecture and landscape to the furnishings and even Mrs. Martin's clothes. The Martin home was Wright's first major residential commission outside of Oak Park, Illinois, and his most expensive.

Publication History
Ruud, Brandon K. Frank Lloyd Wright: Buildings for the Prairie. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2017, p. 14, fig. 8 color illus.

Pivo, Hannah. MAM Celebrates 150 Years of Frank Lloyd Wright–Part One: Presenting Prairie Style. Milwaukee Art Museum: Under the Wings, September 19, 2017. https://blog.mam.org/2017/09/19/mam-celebrates-150-years-of-frank-lloyd-wright-part-one-presenting-prairie-style/.

Milwaukee Art Museum News, June 2005, no page number color illus.
Exhibition History
Frank Lloyd Wright: Buildings for the Prairie, Milwaukee Art Museum, July 28–October 15, 2017.


This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.