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, September 28, 2011

Frederick William MacMonnies

Happy Birthday Frederick Williams MacMonnies!! This American sculptor was born in 1863, in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to sculpting, he was also an accomplished portrait painter. It is said that he was as well known in France as in the US. He studied art in Paris as the Ecoles des Beaux-Arts, receiving high honors. His best known sculpture is of Nathan Hale, located near where Nathan Hale was actually executed.

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