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 21, 2011

Julio Gonzales

Happy Birthday Julio Gonzales!! This Cubist painter and sculptor was a Catalan (region in Spain) and born in 1876. He and his brother worked in their father’s metal shop during the day and by night took art classes in Barcelona. At age 24, he left Spain for Paris where he worked with various other artists. Perhaps his greatest contribution to the art world was his experimentation with welding for sculpture. He taught his process to Pablo Picasso and the two would subsequently work together on projects. The sculpture below is titled Cactus Man I. 

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