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.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Happy Birthday Domenichino!! Born in 1581, in Italy, Domenichino was a Bolognese painter trained by Ludovico in the academy established by Carracci there. His work is sensitive with gentle color and composition, leading him to be considered the most classical of the Bolognese painters of the day. He is credited with being one of the pioneers in landscape painting. His most celebrated work is the church of S. Andrea della Valle, Rome, where he was responsible for the pendentives and choir loft (to his dismay he was not commissioned for the dome).

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