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 20, 2011

Narcisse Diaz de la Pena

Happy Birthday Narcisse Diaz de la Pena!! Another French painter, but born in 1807, Pena was a landscape painter and founder of the Barbizon School. A victim of a hard life, he was orphaned at age 10 and by 15 had lost a leg to blood poisoning and was a painter for a porcelain studio. It did not take him long to develop a mature style and begin painting oils. He studied the masters at the Louvre as well as his peers Delacroix and Rousseau. He applied colorful paint quite thickly with texture and was known to be a free spirit.

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