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.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Augustin Pajou

Happy Birthday Augustin Pajou!! In 1730, this French sculptor was born in Paris. He was the son of a sculptor and cabinetmaker. At age 18 he was apprenticed to sculptor Jean0Baptiste Lemoyne won first place for his sculpting from the Royal Academy, Paris. Best known for his celebrity portraits, the two busts included here today are of "ideal female heads" .

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