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, April 28, 2011

Edgar Tytgat

Happy Birthday Edgar Tytgat!! Flemish painter and etcher, Edgar Tytgat was born in 1879. His father owned a lithography studio where Edgar first learned to draw. As his career progressed his artwork went through changes beginning with an interest in Symbolism,  Expressionism and finally at the end of his life his subjects involved historical, mythological and imaginary images. During WWI he went into refuge and created woodcuts and linocuts with his wife, Maria. His style was sensitive handling of bright colors accented with soft greys, his images simplistic. Tytgat also was a writer but published little.

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