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.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Claude Perrault

Happy Birthday Claude Perrault!! This French author, born in 1628, was the originator of the fairy tale genre of literature, including the much loved Little Red Riding Hood as well as the (Stories or Tales from Times Past with Morals) Tales of Mother Goose. He was born into a bourgeois family, one of seven children. He initially studied law and with his father and an older brother helped restore the Academy of Painting. 

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