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 26, 2011

Rufino Tamayo

Happy Birthday Rufino Tamayo!! Mexican painter, born in 1899, Tamayo was orphaned at age 12 and raised by his aunt. He was educated for a time at San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts and then began to study independently. In 1921, he became the head designer of the ethnographic drawings department at the National Museum of Archeology, Mexico City. A contemporary of Diego Rivera, among others, Tamayo was influenced by the pre-Columbian artifacts he worked with and soon became an artist in his own right. He painted murals for various public places, espousing his political views through his images. About Tamayo and the mural included here, Nobel prize winning poet, Octavio Paz, stated "If I could express with a single word what it is that distinguishes Tamayo from other painters, I would say without a moment’s hesitation: Sun. For the sun is in all his pictures, whether we see it or not."

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