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.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Francesco Zuccarelli

Happy Birthday Francesco Zuccarelli!! Landscape painter in the Rococo style, Zuccarelli was born in Italy in 1702. After living in Tuscany and working in Rome and Florence, Zuccarelli first settled in Venice and then traveled to England where he lived off and on. His colors were light and mellow compared to traditional Venetian painters and he became well-loved as a landscape painter. His name means Little Pumpkin, leading him to “sign” his paintings with a small pumpkin. He was a founder of the Royal Academy of Arts.

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