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.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Alexander J. Davis

Happy Birthday Alexander J. Davis!! American architect, born in 1803, Davis was in the forefront of the Gothic Revival period in America of the nineteenth century. Known for his stately Gothic mansions, Davis did not restrict his designs to overpowering, large monstrosities, rather he believed the building must be adapted to its surroundings. Note the pleasing elements of the Rotch Home, New Bedford, Mass., built in 1845.

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