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.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Frances B. Johnston

Happy Birthday Frances B. Johnston!! American photographer born in 1864, Frances Johnston moved to Washington D.C. when she was young. She studied art at the Academie Julian in Paris. She is known to be a pioneer in photography and a champion for women's rights and advancement. She photographed thousands of well known people, events and architecture and was a prolific writer as well. She traveled extensively, her photographs providing an important record available even today. The picture here is of Quentin Roosevelt and his playmate Roswell Newcomb Pinckney, 1902.

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