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, June 22, 2011

Nikolaj Eigtved

Happy Birthday Nikolaj Eigtved!! Born in 1701, Eigtved was a Danish architect. After training as a gardener he traveled a bit, and then began to work with a German architect. He was responsible for bringing Rococo style to Danish architecture. In 1745 he became involved with the Drawing and Painting Academy in Denmark and was appointed the first director in 1751. As so often happens in artistic design, Rococo fell out of favor and so did Eigtved and was replaced in 1754. He designed palaces, churches and the Royal Danish Theater (pictured below).

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