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.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

David Teniers II

Happy Birthday David Teniers II !! This Flemish painter, born in 1610, came from a family of painters; his father was a painter and then his son and son's son followed as well. His wife, Anna, was the daughter of painter Jan Bruegel. He painted group scenes of peasants engaged in various forms of “merrymaking” in golden light with great detail. He is considered one of the greatest European painters of his day. The Tavern (1651) is included below.

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