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 17, 2011

Eugene Carriere

Happy Birthday Eugene Carriere!! The French painter was born in 1849 and considered a symbolist. He studied in Paris at Ecole des Beaux-Arts and later was inspired by Rubens while imprisoned in Dresden during the Franco Prussian War. He was a friend to Rodin and later an influence for Picasso and Matisse. His paintings were hazy monochromatic brown, mostly scenes of his family life. The sensitive handling of light and dark, lending a mysterious air to the work is evident in his painting of Mother's Kiss, below.

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