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.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Emile-Othon Friesz

Happy Birthday Emile-Othon Friesz!! Born in 1879, in France, Frieze was educated at the urging of his parents at Ecoles des Beaux-Arts in Le Havre, and then on scholarship at Ecoles Nationale Superiuere Beaux-Arts in Paris. His lifelong friend Raoul Dufy accompanied him in his studies at both institutions. He worked in the Fauvist style, influenced by Pisarro, among others. Later he taught at several academies in Paris and Scandinavia. His work gradually became more traditional when compared to his earlier boldly colorful Fauvist paintings.

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