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.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Viktor Hartmann

Happy Birthday Viktor Hartmann!! Russian painter and architect, Hartmann was born in 1834. He was raised by his uncle, an architect, after being orphaned at a young age. Following in his uncle's footsteps, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. He worked as an architect and illustrator, also painting in watercolor. He was one of the first to include Russian motifs in his art. Unfortunately, Hartmann died at the early age of 39. The plan here is a design for the city gate for Kiev.

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