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 20, 2011

Pierre Leonard Fontaine

Today is my husband of 33 years' birthday!! Happy Birthday Craig!!

Happy Birthday Pierre Leonard Fontaine!! The French Neoclassical architect was born today also, in 1762. He met and became friends with architect Charles Percier. The two remained lifelong friends and together founded the Empire style of architecture. He eventually became architect for King Louis XVIII. Fontaine was responsible for dreaming up the famed avenue Champs Elysees in Paris. The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is included here today. We had the pleasure of standing beneath it on our trip to Paris for Shane's graduation trip in 2006.

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