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 3, 2011

Henry Lerolle

Happy Birthday Henry Lerolle!!  Born in 1848, Lerolle was a French painter as well as a patron (to Degas and Renoir among others) and collector. He studied at the Swiss Academy and his work was accepted in the Paris Salon, beginning in 1868. He painted murals in addition to his easel paintings on canvas. His sister-in-law was married to a composer and the artists home was frequented by many artists and musicians. He painted genre scenes, portraits as well as plein-air landscapes. He carefully considered his compositions, favoring an off center, or asymmetrical arrangement.

plein-air Painting outdoors on location

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