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 15, 2011

Wayne Thiebaud

Happy Birthday Wayne Thiebaud!! The American painter was born in 1920 and began cartooning in high school. After serving in the US Air Force, Thiebaud studied at San Jose State University and California State University, and went on to become an assistant professor at U.C. Davis. He is best known for his assembly line views of cakes, pastries, lipsticks, etc., so could be considered precursor to the Pop Art movement (a group interested in objects of the popular culture), although his approach was one of nostalgia rather than satirical. Thiebaud is currently living in California and is 91 today, Happy Birthday, Wayne!

No comments:

Post a Comment