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 14, 2011

Jeremiah Dummer

Happy Birthday Jeremiah Dummer!! American silversmith, Dummer, was born in 1645. Born in Massachusetts, he was first apprenticed to a mintmaster, later at age 23, he went on his own and became a respected silversmith. He also engraved plates for currency and dabbled in portraiture. His works are extremely valuable today. He is known to have invented the technique of  “gadrooning” a decorative curved fluting used on silver pieces.

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