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.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hubert de Givenchy

Happy Birthday Hubert de Givenchy!! The French couturier was born today in 1927. Following his father’s death when he was quite young, his mother and grandfather brought up Givenchy. He visited the “fashion pavilion” at the international Exhibition in Paris at age 10, stemming his interest in high fashion. As a youth he poured over fashion magazines, becoming enthralled with Balenciaga. Givenchy was educated at the Beaux Arts School in Paris. After working at various fashion houses, he eventually opened his own in 1952 and went on to become a world-renowned top designer. He was the first designer to present “ready to wear” clothing at a show, using this as his venue for his “fun clothes”. His vintage designs from the 50’s and 60’s are still sought after today. Two of his famous clients were Jacqueline Kennedy  and Audrey Hepburn. Pictured below is the black dress Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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