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 5, 2011

Yves Tanguy

Happy Birthday Yves Tanguy!! Painter born in France in 1900, Yves Tanguy was a Surrealist. He traveled extensively for a time while he was in the merchant marines. When he returned to Paris he had a wealth of images from far off places on which he based his fantastical paintings. Andre Breton, fellow Surrealist was his mentor and he was largely self-taught. In 1939 Tanguy moved to the US where he met and married his wife, a fellow artist. His paintings are eerie, stark landscapes with usually overcast skies with strange forms and figures placed throughout.

Surrealism-art of the dream, distant memory or insane delusion. Andre Breton founded the group with some remaining artists of Dada. The aim was for artists to free themselves and let their subconscious thoughts dictate their art expression.

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