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 21, 2011

Asher Durand

Happy Birthday Asher Durand!! Another landscape painter, this American, born in 1796, was a painter from the Hudson River School. His father was a watchmaker and silversmith and Durand was apprenticed to an engraver. After a short career as a portrait painter, Durand tried his hand (successfully) at landscape painting. The painting included here today is titled The Trysting Tree, look closely and you can see the couple in question.

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