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.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Pierre Philippe Thomire

Happy Birthday Pierre Philippe Thomire!! Born in 1751, this French artist studied to be a sculptor, but then segued into bronze casting, following in his father's footsteps. He quickly became recognized as the leader in the field, creating decorative pieces and bronze mounts for porcelain for the Sevres Porcelain Manufactory. He was named Engraver to the Emperor by Napoleon in 1809 and continued sculpting and casting even after the fall of Napoleon. I particularly like this Mantle Clock by Thomire.

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