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.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sidney Nolan

Happy Birthday Sidney Nolan!! Perhaps the most famous Australian painter was born today in 1917. He studied crafts and design at Prahran Technical College beginning at age 14. Following his education he worked in advertising and displays for Fayrefield Hats. He also attended night classes at the National Gallery of Arts School. His work was concentrated on historical and legendary figures as well as the Australian landscape. His most well-known series is one that celebrates Ned Kelly in the outback. Ned Kelly was an Australian icon; a fugitive or bushranger as outlaws are called in Australia, whom Nolan identified with. Nolan also was a fugitive after going AWOL from the army in WWII. He was a member of the Angry Penguins beginning in the 40's. I am including a painting from his series on Ned Kelly. The square “head” represents the same shaped armor Kelly is said to have worn for protection.

Angry Penguins-an avant-garde literary and artistic group focused on Surrealism and Expressionism.

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