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, April 12, 2011

Imogen Cunningham

Happy Birthday Imogen Cunningham!! American photographer, born in Portland, Oregon in 1883, this artist began photographing at age 18. After attending the University of Washington in Seattle, she went to work in the photography studio of Edward S. Curtis. Cunningham was quite interested in the chemistry of photography. She was granted the opportunity to study in Germany, and after returning to the US opened her own studio. She was known for her photos of plants, nudes and industrial subjects. She created close-up photographs of flowers such as the Calla Lily pictured here. She created photographs until her death at the age of 93.

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