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.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Inigo Jones

Happy Birthday Inigo Jones!! This English artist was born in 1573 and considered important architect of the Modern age. His father was a clothmaker and devout Catholic. Inigo was to remain a faithful Christian as well. He lived in Venice, Italy beginning around age 30, where he worked as an architect, as well as in Denmark, where he was a court appointee. After 1600 he returned to England where he worked on various designs including that of St. Paul's Cathedral, Somerset House, the piazza for the Convent Garden and others. His work was based on his theories that architecture should be solid and proportional with no affectations. The Queen's House, Greenwich is pictured here today on Jones' birthday!

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