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.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Adriaen van Ostade

Happy Birthday Adriaen van Ostade!! Born in Holland in 1610, van Ostade was a painter born in Haarlem, where he was to remain his entire life. He studied with Frans Hals and later had students of his own. He was also a member of the civic guard, a sort of volunteer police force. His work is of the peasants from the area and his paintings depict taverns, vendors, etc. as well as biblical scenes. The scene below pictures a couple dancing surrounded by men who are probably playing a drinking game of sorts.

1 comment:

  1. Look like drinking games have always existed! More of his paintings at