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, October 2, 2011

Martha Brookes Hutcheson

Happy Birthday Martha Brookes Hutcheson!! The American artist, born in 1871 was a landscape architect. She was educated at the New York School of Applied Design for Women and then toured gardens of France and Italy.  Her love of nature ultimately led to education at MIT in the newly formed degree opportunity landscape architecture and a career in the field she so loved. Hutcheson went on to design the grounds for large estates as well as a few public spaces before marrying and retiring from commercial practice. She did, however, continue with her own property and created the Bamboo Brook Educational Estate, a 5 acre garden with Italian features. It has recently undergone a massive restoration project in an attempt to restore it to the state Martha would have approved.

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