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.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Peggy Bacon

So sorry these posts are late this time!! We had the extreme pleasure of attending the Carlos Santana concert but then got stranded in Las Vegas for a couple of days after some car trouble...but I am back now!! So first...let's talk about Sunday...

Happy Birthday Jules Breton!! Born on May Day, May 1, 1827, Jules Breton was a French Realist painter. He was brought up by his father, after his mother died when he was young. He studied in Paris, and became acquainted with other Realist painters. His paintings of the French countryside present a sublime, peaceful existence. It is reported that Vincent Van Gogh was so impressed with his work he once walked 85 miles to meet him, but turned away after becoming discouraged by the high wall surrounding Breton's property. He was also a writer, publishing his poems. This painting is called simply, Summer.

Happy Birthday Peggy Bacon!! American printmaker and illustrator, born on May 2, 1895, in Connecticut to parents who were also artists. She lived with her parents in Paris when she was nine until age eleven, educated by private tutors. She trained at the Art Students League in New York, where she met her future husband, just as her parents had met years earlier. She contributed illustrations to the New Yorker and Vanity Fair and also illustrated books. She and her husband had one daughter after moving to London, England. The illustration included here is titled Greed.

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