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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sandro Botticelli

Happy Birthday Sandro Botticelli!! Italian painter from 1444, Botticelli was born in Florence. He worked closely with Filippino Lippi and was a pupil of Lippi's father. There is some confusion as to which paintings belong to whom in some cases since they worked quite similarly. Although he was commissioned to create frescoes for the Sistine Chapel, his best work is the tempera on panel, such as The Birth of Venus and the Mystic Nativity included here. He never did reach the status of contemporaries Raphael, da Vinci or Michelangelo.

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