By Mildred Alpern
What happens to the autumn leaves that drift from the beech, oak, and ginkgo trees that line the pathway entering Riverside Park at 91st Street and Riverside Drive? They scatter and nestle in random compositional arrangements, alongside the bordering wire fences.
In the 17th and 18th century, Dutch and Flemish Still Life painters captured flowers and fruit in meticulous detail with a mix of rich colors and textures.
The park’s fallen leaves mirror this genre of the Old Masters with their combination of colors and leaf detail. In addition to the flaming red, orange, and yellow colors of trees, the beauty of autumn can be discovered at our feet in the kaleidoscopic patterns of leaves that have drifted downward and settled into “Still Life” tableaux.