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 9, 2011

Thelma Hulbert

Happy Birthday Thelma Hulbert!! British artist, born in 1913, Thelma Hulbert studied at Bath School of Art and then at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. After going to work as the secretary for the group of artists known as the Euston Road Group, Hulbert began to pursue her own career as a painter. The group focused on tonal figurative work, figures and portraiture, while she was more interested in still life. Her interest in pale tones and still life unfortunately lead to the mis-assumption that her work is "feminine" sadly leading to her dismissal from some art historians' consideration.  I find her paintings to be refreshingly light and airy, and reminiscent of those of Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, Parisian artists who, in part, focused on interiors such as the one I am including here, The Blue Screen (1956). 

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