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 13, 2011

Henry Williams Stiegel

 Happy Birthday Henry William Stiegel!! German born American from 1729, Stiegel was an ironmaster and glassmaker. After moving to Philadelphia in 1750, he advanced to a master iron worker by 1760. He turned to glass making soon after, employing glassblowers from Europe. His signature colors were green, blue and purple. The down turn of the economy brought his downfall as well, and he was thrown in prison for debt. When he was released he worked for a time in one of his original plants and then was a preacher, teacher and music tutor. The amethyst pocket bottle from nonlead glass was made by Stiegel c1765-1774.

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