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.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Albert Kotin

Happy Birthday Albert Kotin!! Russian born American artist from 1907, Albert Kotin immigrated to the US with his family when he was only a year old. He studied at the National Academy of Design, Academie Julian, and The Art Student League. He was a member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionists, with artists such as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Francis Kline. The painting Whispering Rain, 1957, is below.

Abstract Expressionism-A mix of Abstract Art with Expressionism, this movement rose to important status following WWII. Artists adhering to this style have been described as “allowing the subconscious to express itself by the creation of involuntary shapes and dribbles of paint." Jackson Pollock is perhaps the best known figure of the movement.

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