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.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Max Slevogt

Happy Birthday Max Slevogt!! This German Impressionist painter and illustrator was born in 1868, in Landshut. He studied art at the Munich Academy, painting dark canvases reminiscent of the stormy Munich style at the time. Following a visit to Paris in the late 1880's, he studied at the Academie Julian and his palette brightened; he also began to draw caricatures. He returned to Germany to become one of the country's foremost Impressionist landscape painters. During the war he was an official war painter, conveying the violence of war through paint. The painting I am including today is a touching scene in the mood for autumn, exemplifying his painterly style, Wine Arbour on Neukastel (1917).

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