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.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Carlo Carra

Happy Birthday Carlo Carra!! Born in Italy in 1881, Carra was one of the original Futurists. He began his artistic career as a mural decorator at age 12. He studied at Brera University in Milan. The Funeral of the Anarchist Galli is his most famous work, painted in his Futurist style, depicting the funeral of Italian Angelo Galli who was killed by police in a strike in 1904. The artist was in the crowded procession when it turned into a violent standoff between police and followers, describing the confusion in this painting. His work gradually shifted from Futurism and motion to a still, quiet style, painting still life and landscapes.

Futurism-Art movement originating outside of Paris, in 1909, ending with World War I. Artists were involved with depicting transformations of the world as a result of science primarily representation of figures and machines in motion. Boccioni, Carra, Russolo, Balla, and Severini signed the Manifestos.

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