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.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Richard Roland Holst

Happy Birthday Richard Roland Holst!! Dutch artist painter, born in 1868, Holst began as a painter in the Impressionistic style. His technique tightened and his scope broadened when he began to explore stained glass, printmaking, mural painting and illustration. He married a Dutch writer and the two became involved in the Socialist party in Amsterdam. His art became quite stylized and bound up in decorative line drawing and geometric forms interlocking, as he designed book covers, illustrations, posters, etc. such as the one for Volks University, included here.

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