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 24, 2011

Gillis van Coninxloo

Happy Birthday Gillis van Coninxloo!! Born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1544, Gillis van Coninxloo was from a family of painters. He apprenticed to an artist in Belgium but then traveled in France, returning to join a guild in Antwerp. Religious strife in the Netherlands forced him to flee to Germany for a time, but he did return to Amsterdam where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. He was expert at forest landscapes, dense rich foliage emphasizing a unity between man and nature.

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