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, October 18, 2011

Luca Giordano

Happy Birthday Luca Giordano!! Italian painter, born in 1632, this artist was known as "Luca paint quickly", after is father's urging to be prolific. He was versatile in many styles, beginning in Naples under the tutelage of Ribera, he went on to Rome where he developed a lighter palette. He painted a chapel in Florence, and then was called to Spain by King Charles II to paint another, his masterpiece, the Escorial.

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