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.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Gertrude Kasebier

Happy Birthday Gertrude Kasebier!! This woman was a photographer, born in 1852, in Des Moines Iowa. She married businessman Eduard Kasebier, who was a German immigrant, in 1874. They had 3 children and it wasn't until 1889 that she decided to study art. She studied at the Pratt Institute, traveled to Europe, studying the chemistry of photography in Germany and painting in Paris and then, upon returning to the US, opened her own studio. Her work became recognized and she had a solo showing of her work at Alfred Stieglitz' gallery the Camera Club. She joined with fellow photographers, forming the Photosecession Group, and her work was included in the magazine Camera Work. Kasebier was considered the major “pictorialist photographer” of her time, printing using platinum and gum bichromate. She is known for a series of portraits of Native Americans in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.


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