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.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Jusepe Ribera

Happy Birthday Jusepe Ribera!! Spanish Tenebrist painter born in 1588 near Valencia, Ribera traveled to Italy, becoming a member of Accademia di St. Luca in Rome. Caravaggio was a great influence on Ribera, although Ribera’s style gradually softened from his original forceful approach. He painted religious as well as mythological themes. Spanish influence is obviously apparent in his work, as evidenced in the depiction of the figures below: The Holy Family with Saints Anne and Catherine of Alexandria.
 Tenebrist-Style of painting employing the use of chiaroscuro to create dramatic contrasts of dark and light. Tenebrist actually means "shadow painting", normally including deep, inky blackness. Caravaggio has been usually associated with establishing with this style.

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