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.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

William M. Harnett

Happy Birthday William M Harnett!! Today I will begin a stretch of 5 American painters' birthdays in a row. William Harnett was born in Ireland, in 1848, but grew up in Philadelphia. He is considered the most important still life painter of the late 1800's. After the Hunt, 1885, is an example of his mature style. The story-telling aspects of the painting are exhibited in large scale, this painting measures 4'X6'!

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