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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Johann Zoffany

Happy Birthday Johann Zoffany!! (originally Zaufallij) Born in 1733, Johann Zoffany was a Neo-classical painter from Germany. He began his career in art first by studying with a sculptor, then worked as a painter for a clockmaker in England, in 1760, where he remained for the rest of his life. Throughout his career he painted portraits of many actors, actresses, and important people as well as group portraits and oversized elaborate scenes with many recognizable people and objets d'art. The portrait I am including here is of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Neoclassicism is a term given to various forms of visual art, literature, music, etc. that attempts to recreate the ideal form of classical art.

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