Seurat Sans All the Trees
and Van Gogh Deforested,
Now With GIFs

January 14, 2013 | Marina Galperina

Edinburgh University scientist Dr. Ian Woodhouse hates deforestation. You like art. So how’s this… how’s your precious, precious art lookin’ now, with all the trees clear-cut? Ah-HA!

Posted on his blog Forest Planet and ArtInfo, Woodhouse had the trees rather skillfully Photoshopped out of Georges Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte (1884-86), John Constable’s The Hay Wain (1821) and Vincent van Gogh’s Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun (1889). It’s a massacre. We made some GIFs. See them below. Good God, it’s even worse!

“I love forests,” Woodhouse (Woody?) says. “I love them because they are aesthetically beautiful (to look at and to be in).”

He also loves them for “their regulating role on the world’s climate (they take CO2 out of the atmosphere) and their role in supporting people’s livelihoods (about 1.4 billion people, almost one quarter of the world’s population, rely on forests for a major part of their livelihood).”

Yes, trees. <3 All the trees. <3