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.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Jess Collins

Happy Birthday Jess Collins!! American painter and collage artist, Jess Collins (known just as “Jess”) was born in 1923. After dreaming the world would come to an end in 1975 from a nuclear holocaust, Jess turned from a career as a radio-chemist to that as an artist, using art as a vehicle for exploring spiritual and intellectual themes. His paintings borrowed ideas from children's books and science theories. His collages were complicated “paste-ups” of bits and pieces of images. He was an important figure in the art scene of San Francisco. The painting below, titled Will Wonders Never Cease, Translation #21, was created in 1969.

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