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.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Alberto Giacometti

Happy Birthday Alberto Giacometti!! Swiss born (1901) sculptor Alberto Giacommetti was the son of Neo-Impressionist Giovanni Giacometti. He studied art in Switzerland before going to Paris to continue his study of sculpture with Antoine Bourdelle. He and his brother established a studio in Paris where he worked until the invasion of Paris in 1940. It is reported that he fled Paris on a bicycle! His earlier work has been categorized as Surrealism, but later he was interested in the fleeting existence of humanity (Existentialism) and created thin, spare figures wavering between reality and dream. The relationship of his figures to the space they occupy would become the focus of his sculpture. Balance also comes into play as his creatures defy gravity and manage to stand, as in the sculpture below.

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