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.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pompeo Batoni

Happy Birthday Pompeo Batoni!! Italian painter Batoni was born in 1708.Influenced by Raphael, his handling was detailed. He was known for his dramatic portraits in historical settings. His primary clientele being wealthy tourists who wanted their likeness painted in Rome. The painting included here today is of General William Gordon in full Scottish garb, at the Colosseum. Later Batoni won commissions for altarpieces, as well as mythological and historical paintings.

1 comment:

  1. You have a great blog Freddy. Its good to read about such great masters. Keep up the good work and have a great day :)