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 7, 2011

Sohrab Sepehri

Happy Birthday Sohrab Sepehri!! Born in 1928, in Iran, this Persian artist was a painter as well as a renowned poet. Sepehri was a naturalist and advocated for pure water and birds to fly freely. He hated war and wanted everyone to love one another and show compassion. He studied painting at the fine arts university in Tehran and went on to paint, experiment in woodcuts and lithography, as well as write poetry. His poems have been likened to e. e. cummings.

Never have I seen two poplar trees at war
Never have I seen a willow selling its shade to the ground The elm tree offers its branches to the crows gratis
Wherever there is a leaf, my passion blossoms...   (an excerpt)

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