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.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bernardo Bellotto

Happy Birthday Bernardo Bellotto!! Italian born Bellotto was a painter from 1720. His uncle, Antonio Canal, the famed Venetian vedutista was his teacher and he assumed the nickname Canaletto from him leading to some confusion as to who was who…Bellotto was best known for his cold, vitreous light inherent to Northern Italy. As other vedutistes, he may have used a camera obscura in his work. He later became a court painter in Warsaw. Capriccio Padovano is the image below.

Veduta-an early “postcard”, a painting of a place, usually Venice or Rome. Painted for tourists wishing a memento of their journey.

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