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, May 27, 2011

Giovanni Antonio Guardi

Happy Birthday Giovanni Antonio Guardi!! Italian painter also known as Gianantonio, born in 1699, Guardi was from a family of painters. His father was a Baroque painter and his younger brother, Francesco, was known perhaps better than Giovanni. He was a founder of the Academy of Painting in Venice. He had his own studio in 1730 in Venice and was known for his religious works and decorative panels for villas and palaces. The Sultan Receives a Delegation is the title of this work by Guardi dated 1742.

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