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 20, 2011

Henri Edmond Cross

Happy Birthday Henri Edmond (Delacroix) Cross!! French pointillist painter, born in 1856, Cross was closely associated with Signac and Seurat. Cross is an English pseudonym used to distinguish himself from artist Henri-Eugene Delacroix. He studied law before devoting himself to art. His colors are clear and bright, his brushstrokes generous and deliberate. In later years his colors became quite bold and he is linked to the Fauvists. View of the Church of Santa Maria Degli Angeli Near Assisi (1909) is shown today for purely selfish reasons. My husband and I will be traveling to and around Assisi in just a couple of weeks! Maybe we will experience this same view...

Pointillism-In painting, the careful placement of dots or points of color, juxtaposing various colors next to each other to encourage an optical blend, rather than actually blending on the palette. The result is a soft glowing effect. George Seurat was the champion of this work.

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