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 28, 2011

John Baskerville

Happy Birthday John Baskerville!! He was born in rural Wolverly, England, in 1706. Baskerville is best known for printing and the development of several elegant new fonts. He was the printer for University of Cambridge. Considered a masterpiece, he created a Bible in folio format in 1763, even though he was an atheist. Following his death in 1775, his wife continued to operate the printing press for 2 more years. Some believe that Conan Doyle used his name for the familiar The Hound of the Baskervilles, since they were both living in Birmingham, England.

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