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 1, 2011

Jose Louis Sert

Happy Birthday Jose Louis Sert!! American architect born in Barcelona, Spain in 1902. He was an avant-garde artist known for his urban development and city planning. His influences were his uncle who was a painter and Spanish architect Gaudi. He was an important proponent of the Modern Movement in Catalan Spain. In 1937 he created the Spanish Republic's pavilion at the World's Fair Paris Exhibition. Picasso collaborated by adding Guernica, which was to become the focus of the pavilion. Later Sert came to the US where he became friends with Alexander Calder, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall and others. He taught at Yale and Harvard Universities and designed several buildings for Harvard including the Science Center, pictured below.

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