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 25, 2011

Jacques Philippe Caresme

Happy Birthday Jacques Philippe Caresme!! Born on my birthday, Caresme was from France, 1734, and the son of painter Claude-Francois Caresme. He was a painter, engraver and illustrator. He studied with his cousin, Charles-Antoine Coypel before being accepted into the Royal Academie and exhibiting regularly at the Salon. Caresme painted commissions for the Bayonne Cathedral and in Versailles, but after neglecting to complete one commissioned by the Academie, he was expelled. Caresme continued to paint and create engravings after his paintings until his death in 1796. The Guitar Player is pictured below.

Royal Academie of Painting and Sculpture-An institution in Paris modeled after like foundations in Rome, for artists of the Royal Court. It was intended to give them the necessary education, “stamp of approval” and permission to exhibit at the Salon.

1 comment:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! Sorry, I missed it! HAPPY BirthWEEK!!!! :) You are loved and we are so grateful that you were born! :)))