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, September 16, 2011

Carl Andre

Happy Birthday Carl Andre!! American artist, born in 1935, Carl Andre was a Minimalist sculptor. He went to school at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. and was in the army briefly, before moving to New York City to pursue his art. He was married to Cuban artist, Ana Mendieta, and worked in the studio of painter Frank Stella, where he began to develop his own personal style. His work consists of brick, metal, wood blocks and tiles placed directly on the floor in installations. As his Minimalist peers, his works were constructed from industrial materials and meant to draw attention to the surrounding architecture as well as the intrinsic structure of the piece.

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