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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thomas Couture

Happy Birthday Thomas Couture!! French painter born in 1815, Couture was a teacher and historical and portrait painter. He is best known for a large “orgy” painting titled The Romans of Decadence. Manet was his most well known student. His tonal contrast and free handling of the paint are evident in Manet's work. I am including a lesser known portrait demonstrating his style.

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