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, December 20, 2011


Happy Birthday Clodion!! The French sculptor was born in 1738 and worked in the Rococo style. He went to Paris and began working in his uncle's (Lambert-Sigisbert Adam) studio in 1755. He worked in terra cotta and seemed to reject the idea of creating monumental works. The sculpture for today is titled The Invention of the Balloon (1784), depicting (obviously) the creation of the balloon by nymphs and angels in the flamboyant Rococo style for which he was known.

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