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 16, 2011

Francesco Scavullo

Happy Birthday Francesco Scavullo!! American photographer, born in New York City, Francesco Scavullo was a well-known photographer for Cosmopolitan magazine. As a young boy, he practiced his art on his sisters, styling their hair and posing them for his pictures. Although his father wanted him to go into the family’s restaurant business, he relented when Francesco had success with a photo of Lauren Bacall in 1943 and several other magazine jobs including one for the cover of Seventeen. He bought him a house in New York to live in and use as a studio. His innovative lighting techniques earned him notoriety and success and he was the major photographer for Cosmopolitan for 30 years.

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