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, November 29, 2011

Alexander Brullov

Happy Birthday Alexander Brullov!! Russian born artist from a French family of artists, Brullov was born in 1798, in St. Petersburg. He attended the Imperial Academy of Arts and then studied art and architecture on a tour of Europe, creating many watercolor portraits. He was also an illustrator, a lithographer and teacher. In his architectural design he was interested in Gothic Revival, through his painting he explored Romanticism and Neo-Classical styles. One of his most well known portraits is that of poet Alexander Pushkin's wife Natalya Goncharova-Pushkina.

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