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, November 6, 2011

Alois Senefelder

Happy Birthday Alois Senefelder!! Born in Prague, in 1771, this German playwright invented the  process of lithography. He happened upon the process while experimenting with printing processes for his writing, since he could not find a publisher. His first printing studio was opened in Vienna in 1803.

Lithography works on the principle of "oil and water do not mix". An etching is created on a stone, using a greasy substance, water is flooded on the stone, filling in the areas that are not etched. Ink placed on the etched parts creates the print when paper is pressed upon the stone. The process is used for illustrating books, magazines, posters, etc. and is still used widely today.

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