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 18, 2011

Jose de Rivera

Happy Birthday Jose de Rivera!! American artist, born in 1904, Rivera was an abstract sculptor, growing up on a sugar plantation in Louisiana. His blacksmith work on the plantation and refinery surely influenced his sculpture career. He relocated to Chicago, taking night classes, began with figurative sculpture, and gradually moved to abstracts such as the one below. Infinity (1967) sculpted for National Museum of American History in Washington D. C. (Note the Washington Monument in the background).

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