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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Alice Adams

Happy Birthday Alice Adams!! Born in the USA in 1930, Alice Adams is known for her land art projects of the 70's. She trained as a painter and weaver, at Columbia University, creating tapestry weavings based on her painting experience. She also studied in Aubusson, France on a Fulbright scholarship. Her work began to break the bounds of traditional weaving; she drew on non-traditional weaving materials, and gradually moved into installations. Initially her installations were site specific, non-permanent, inviting viewer interaction, reminiscent of Christo's work. Gradually she began to create permanent public art structures, arches, sitting areas, memorials, etc. She currently resides in the Bronx, working on new design projects. Stone and Glass Gardens, a project for the International Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is included here today. An aluminum boat frame is suspended above the "garden" sitting area.

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