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 1, 2011

John Erasmus Quellinus

Happy Birthday John Erasmus Quellinus!! Born today in 1634, Quellinus came from a family of artists including his grandfather, uncle and father who was also a Flemish painter who studied with Rubens.  Young John's career was greatly influenced by a trip to Italy in 1660, whee he studied architecture (which later appeared in his paintings). After returning to Antwerp he became a celebrated master painter, creating works for churches, abbeys, and the court. I had an extremely difficult time locating a painting to include today! The problem is thta his father was much more well known and perhaps popular, so all of my searches turned up works by him. For want of a better one, this is what I came up with a detail from Sainte- Catherine au Mont Sinai.

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