Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass (1888)

Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass (1888)
One of my favorite still life subjects of Van Gogh, the cut branch in a glass, I ran across this one with the book behind creating a complicated compositional element. Note also the use of complementary colors, red and green, creating a vibration in the painting.

Monday, January 3, 2011

August Macke

Happy Birthday August Macke!! German born painter, from 1887, August Macke was greatly influenced by the French painters. He worked with bright colors in a Cubist related style. He was a member of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) a group of German Expressionists. His work was more realistic than his influences. Sadly his life was cut short when he was killed in World War I in 1914. His last painting, appropriately titled Farewell, is pictured below.

The Blue Rider-a group of German Expressionist artists considered forerunners to Modern Art. Wassily Kandinsky was an important founder.

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