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.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Jean Baptiste Leprince

Happy Birthday Jean Baptiste Leprince!!  Another French printmaker, today, Leprince, was born in 1734. He began his artistic study in Metz (his native city) and then traveled to Paris and studied with painter Francois Boucher. Following his apprenticeship, Le Prince toured to Russia, Lithuania, Siberia and Finland, returning with a collection of ideas and drawings that he transformed into paintings. The Russian Cradle is pictured below, and a prime example of Le Prince's expert technique and admirable detail.

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