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.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Berthe Morisot

Happy Birthday Berthe Morisot!! One of the few women Impressionist painters, Berthe Morisot was born today in 1841 in France. She and her sister were students of Camille Corot. Married to Edouard Manet's younger brother, Morisot was a great influence on Manet and even persuaded him to adopt some of the Impressionistic style. This association allowed her to gain some notoriety as a woman artist, which was (and still is) difficult. Her work is painterly with the delicate quality of light inherent in much of Impressionist work. The painting included it titled Child Among Staked Roses, or sometimes referred to as hollyhocks.

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