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.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Horatio Greenough

Happy Birthday Horatio Greenough!! American's “first” sculptor Horatio Greenough was born in 1805. As a child, Greenough began sculpting with chalk. He studied at Harvard, where he developed a love of literature as well as antiquities. He continued to sculpt, and went to Rome to study art. One of his best known government commissions is of George Washington, a controversial piece, due obviously to his choice to sculpt America's forefather as a nude Greek god.

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