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.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Patrick Reason

Happy Birthday Patrick Reason!! American born artist from 1817, Patrick Reason was a printmaker and illustrator. He became interested in art and designed the frontpiece for Charles Andrews' book The History of New York African-Free Schools. He was an apprentice to Stephen Henry Gimber, an engraver. Reason struggled to find a place in the artworld, not an easy task for a black man in the 1800's. His work describes the hardship of the American slaves and champions abolitionists. The engraving below is titled The Kneeling Slave.


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