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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Henri Labrouste

Happy Birthday Henri Labrouste!! French architect Henri Labrouste was born in 1801. He attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and won the Prix de Rome for architecture in 1824. He is most well known for the design of two prominent libraries, both in Paris. Both employ an innovative construction of light cast iron columns supporting an intricate roof structure of laced wires. He summed up his views on design, “In architecture, form must always be appropriate to function...a logical and expressive decoration must derive from the construction itself.”

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