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.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Paul J. C. Gabriel

Happy Birthday Paul J. C. Gabriel!! This artist comes from an artistic family,  born in Amsterdam in 1828, he helped his mother, a portrait painter,  provide for their large family after his father died when he was 5. He took evening classes in art, and worked with various mentors, focusing on Impressionistic nature. He was a watercolor painter and created etchings, working in Brussels as well as the Netherlands. His most famous work is In the Month of July, featuring a windmill on Polder Waterway. Doesn't the balanced composition exude tranquility?

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