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, June 21, 2011

Rockwell Kent

Happy Birthday Rockwell Kent!! Born in 1882, American Kent is known as an illustrator, especially for his pictures for Moby Dick, but he was also an amazing painter. One of his illustrations from MobyDick was used for a postage stamp in 2001. While he lived in New York, he spent time in Alaska, in 1918-19, with his son and was inspired to create paintings from their experiences. I love the clear, crisp view depicted in this snowscape.

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