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 4, 2011

Pieter Coeke van Aelst

Happy Birthday Pieter Coeke van Aelst!! Flemish painter and tapestry designer, van Aelst was born in 1502. He lived in Italy for a time before moving back to Brussels. At his studio in Brussels, he instilled the theories of Italian Renaissance in his many students.  His most famous painting is his Last Supper, sold at auction in 1985 for $56,250.

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