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 17, 2011

Jean Baptiste Oudry

Happy Birthday Jean Baptiste Oudry!! Born in 1686, France, this artist was a Rococo painter who, like Rosa Bonheur from yesterday's blog, specialized in animal paintings. Oudry's father was the director of the Academie de St. Luc Art School, which he attended, graduating at 21, specializing in portraiture. After graduation and becoming a professor at the academie, he painted portraits for a time until he created a tapestry series entitled Pastoral Amusements which launched him into animal painting. He received a commission from the king and painted the Louis XV Hunting a Deer in the Forest of Saint-Germain, furthering his career in animal painting.


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