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 4, 2011

Thomas U. Walter

Happy Birthday Thomas U. Walter!! Architect from Pennsylvania, Walter was born in 1804. After working for his father as a bricklayer, Walter studied architecture and was eventually appointed Architect of the Capitol. He was dean on American architecture and the fourth architect of the Capitol. He designed the Senate and House wings and the cast iron dome in place today. The inauguration of Abraham Lincoln (1861) took place beneath the unfinished dome (below)

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