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.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Andre Kertesz

Happy Birthday Andre Kertesz!! Andre Kertesz was an American photographer, born in Hungary in 1894. His work initially appeared in magazines until his immigration to the US in 1936 to flee persecution of the Jews, when he accepted fewer commissions and began to pursue his own interests. His work utilized the camera to "play with" vantage point, geometry and composition. Photography was primarily used to record facts, not as "art". Kertesz was one artist who used the medium to express himself artistically. "Nobody photographed chairs in the parks...I did. Of course, at the time, I did not know this was modern or unique." (Kertesz on Kertesz)

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