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 5, 2011

Jules Dupre

Happy Birthday Jules Dupre!! Born in France in 1811, Jules Dupre was a well known landscape painter. His father was a porcelain manufacturer, so Jules was working on porcelain, decorating plates and landscape painting from an early age. He studied landscape and animal painting with Jean-Michel Diebolt. He exhibited with the Salon in 1831 and after several successful showings there, began to work in the studio and travel around in search of new subject matter. He ceased exhibiting for a time, working in solitude, and although in 1867 he made a come back with a show at the Salon, he continued to paint in isolation in his studio until his death in 1889. The peaceful setting painted here must be what Dupre was seeking in his solitude.

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