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.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Annibale Carracci

Happy Birthday Annibale Carracci!! Italian artist, born in 1560, this painter was a forerunner of the Baroque style. He worked with his brother, Agostino, and cousin Ludovico to change the course of painting, rejecting the Mannerist style currently popular. He used nature in his work to create a new form of genre painting, paying particular attention to light effects on his subject as well as brushstrokes to portray the feeling of movement in his work. Two Children Teasing a Cat, is a prime example of his use of nature in genre painting.

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