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.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Arnold Newman

Happy Birthday Arnold Newman!! American photographer, born in 1918, known for his black and white photographs, Newman got his start in photography by making 49 cent studio portraits in Philadelphia. He became famous for creating portraits of people in their own environments, photographing them in their comfortable surroundings, bringing his equipment and gear to them. It was important for him to consider composition and the things important to his subjects. The picture of Igor Stravinsky with his grand piano is his signature photograph.

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