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 10, 2011

John Held

Happy Birthday John Held Jr.!! Born on this day in 1889, Held was an American magazine illustrator of the 1920s, the flapper era. He began selling his designs at a very early age, the first at age 15 to Life magazine. He went on to illustrate for Vanity Fair, Redbook, and Harper’s Bazaar. His drawings were very fine lines with inky black. e HHHe designed the cover included here for an F. Scott Fitzgerald collection. Even after the flapper went out of style his drawings came back in favor as nostalgic relics such as Teaching an Old Dogs New Tricks (1952) below. Held died in 1958 of throat cancer.

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