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.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rosa Bonheur

Happy Birthday Rosa Bonheur!! Realist painter, born in France in 1822, she was educated by her father, who was a minor landscape painter. She loved animals and as a youth was allowed to keep many in her apartment in Paris. Rosa Bonheur became one of the most renowned animal painters in the world. She often dressed as a man while researching her subjects to attract less attention. Although her lifestyle and subject were unconventional, her painting was considered quite conservative. She won several awards from the Salon, exhibiting with them regularly. The Horse Fair, first exhibited in France and then England is now hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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