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.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sir David Wilkie

Happy Birthday Sir David Wilkie!! This Scottish painter was born in 1785. His studied in Edinburgh and then in London at the Royal Academy. By 1811 he was Painter to the King and he was knighted in 1836. His extensive travel influenced style changes in his painting and subject matter. His early work was Dutch genre scenes and portraits, and later historical scenes. When he died in 1841, on the way home from the Near East, Turner painted his burial at sea. The genre painting, The Penny Wedding, is an example of the detailed, but rather muddy palette of Sir David Wilkie.

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