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.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Josef Danhauser

 First a shout out to one of my favorite actors...Patrick Swayze was born today in 1952...still missing you!

Happy Birthday Josef Danhauser!! Austrian painter, Josef Danhauser was born in 1805 and started as a "drawer" in his father's furniture factory after his father's death. A student of Peter Krafft, he studied at the Wiener Academy. He was inspired by the English painters of the mid 1800's and became a well known genre painter. He became a professor for the Academy in Vienna. He created a painting of Beethoven on his deathbed and I am including the oil sketch of Beethoven's hands, the day after his death.

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