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.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Gustave Caillebotte

Happy Birthday Gustave Caillebotte!! Born today, French painter from 1848, Caillebotte came from a wealthy family and he used that wealth to help support his Impressionist friends. He had an extensive collection of Impressionist paintings. His interest was in capturing industrial Paris. In subject matter his work was rather like that of the Realists. His first painting, The Floor Scrapers was rejected by the Salon but then exhibited in the second Impressionist show in 1876. He exhibited with the Impressionists for most of their subsequent shows. His will left his remaining work and his collection to the state of France with the stipulation that it be shown first in Luxemboug and then the Louvre, rather than be locked up in some museum of antiquities.

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