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, March 11, 2011

Charles Locke Eastlake

Happy Birthday Charles Locke Eastlake Jr.!! Architect and furniture designer from England, born in 1836, he was trained by architect Phillip Hardwick. Eastlake worked in the Arts and Craft style, furthering the work of William Morris. His efforts triggered a renewed interest in Early English or Modern Gothic furniture designs. Eastlake designed the furniture, while other artisans actually constructed it. He wrote the book, Hints on Household Taste in Furniture, Upholstery, and other Details. The Eastlake Style of furniture is named after him.

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