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.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

John Flaxman

Happy Birthday John Flaxman!! This Neoclassical English sculptor and book illustrator was born in 1755. He worked as a youth in his father's plaster-casting studio and also attended the Royal Academy. Following his education, he worked for Wedgewood for a time, then traveled to Italy, returning to focus on monumental sculpture and relief. Unlike some artists who may create religious art simply at the request of the Church, Flaxman was truly a man of God and took great joy from his religious works. I am including the relief Deliver Us From Evil, here today.

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