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.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Joseph Cornell

Happy Birthday Joseph Cornell!! This American artist was born in 1903, in the quaint Victorian town on Nyack, New York, on the Hudson River. A collector, he was self-taught and worked with found objects, creating incredible assemblage boxes. It is reported that he first began assembling these 3-dimensional collages to amuse his brother, who had cerebral palsy. Each sectioned wooden box is filled with delightful collections of theater tickets, trinkets, slips of paper, wooden bits, etc. A Symbolist, Cornell used his treasures to allude to big ideas such as the passing of time, looking to the future, memories, fantasies, homage to various figures, etc. You must see these to truly appreciate them, as pictures really cannot do these creations justice!


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