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.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Albert Pinkham Ryder

Happy Birthday Albert Pinkham Ryder!! American born painter from 1847, this artist was a Romantic. Largely self-taught, he did study with lesser artist William Edgar Marshall and was eventually admitted to the National Academy of Design. Considered a “visionary painter” he painted subjects from Shakespeare, Poe, Byron, etc. His best known works are those of mystical seas and the forces of nature, an obsession since his birth in a fishing port, created toward the end of his career. Sadly, most of his work has been lost, due to eccentric work using unstable materials. The one I have chosen to post today is Jonah at Sea.

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