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 4, 2011

Wilhelm Lehmbruck

Happy Birthday Wilhelm Lehmbruck!! The German sculptor was born in 1881 is considered a German Expressionist tied also to Naturalism. He attended the Academy of Arts in Dusseldorf and then lived in Paris, associating with artists Modigliani, Brancusi, and Archipenko. His work focused on the human body, much of which was quite somber, with some exhibiting elongated limbs and figures. After serving in World War I as a paramedic he suffered from depression and ultimately committed suicide in 1919. The Inclined Head of a Woman below is based on a larger full sized sculpture of the artist’s wife, Anita.

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