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 9, 2011

David Hockney

Happy Birthday David Hockney!! Born in 1937, David Hockney, from England, is an artist of many talents, including painting, drafting, photography and stage design. He was educated at Bradford School of Art and the Royal College of Art. A major contributor to Pop art of the 60's, Hockney was to become one of Britain's most influential artists. He began using the camera as a memory aide for his painting, but eventually graduated to using it as the tool for his art expression, exhibiting many photographic works. He taught at several universities in the US including University of California, Berkeley and University of Colorado. He published his book Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters, in 2001. He currently lives in Bridlington, Yorkshire. The recent painting, Felled Totem III (2009) is included today, on Hockney's birthday!

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