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, August 23, 2011

Alexander Calder

Happy Birthday Alexander Calder!! American sculptor, born in 1891, Calder was a pioneer in kinetic sculpture. His parents were both artists (mother-painter and father-sculptor) he began creating his own art at age eight. He started his adult career as an engineer and his work is considered the union between art and engineering. He is famous for inventing stabiles and mobiles; Marcel Duchamp is credited with naming the free hanging structures “mobiles”. These were operated by a series of cranks and motors. His work is created in primary colors and black, showing his Mondrian influence.


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