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 1, 2011

Antonio Canova

Happy Birthday Antonio Canova!! This artist, born in 1757, was an Italian Neoclassical Sculptor. He was a raised a stone mason, had his own studio by age 17, and received his first major commission soon after. He eventually went to Paris at Napoleon's urging and created a bust of him, as well as other sculptures. He believed true beauty could only be achieved after careful consideration and study of antiquities. He was instrumental in retrieving many French artworks after the fall of Napoleon. Canova created many works which are found all over the world today. I am so fond of the one included today, Cupid and Psyche, that when I saw it in the Louvre I had to have a print for my wall! The interlocking figures create a movement through the piece and the loving gaze of Cupid just draw the viewer in...

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