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  • An Introduction to C O L O R T H E O R Y by Lawrence Montgomery artist in residence S O T A , school of the arts All graphics by Lawrence Montgomery©
    • Color is one of the most expressive elements because
    • its quality affects our emotions directly and immediately.
    • In representational art, color serves to identify objects
    • and to create the effect of illusionistic space
    Orange Bowl and Yellow Apples 1980, Oil on canvas Janet Fish
  • Red , Yellow & Blue
  • Roy LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997) Untitled 1974 Silkscreen 82/100 113 cm x 90 cm Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art Primary color scheme
  • When you mix a primary color with a primary color next to it on the color wheel you get a secondary color. Red + Yellow = Orange Yellow + Blue = Green Blue + Red = Violet
  • To achieve Tertiary Colors you mix the primary & secondary colors next to each other on the color wheel.
  • Warm and cool color schemes Warm colors Cool colors
  • Henri Fantin-Latour French, 1836 - 1904 Still Life , 1866 oil on canvas, 62 x 74.8 cm (24 3/8 x 29 1/2 in.) National Gallery of Art, Washington Local color (objective color)
  • Subjective color Subjective colors are when the colors do not represent the actual local color. Marie Laurencin, 1925 Mother and child Oil on canvas
  • Poplars on the Banks of the River Epte, Sunset Claude Monet, 1891 The Athenaeum Local or subjective?
  • Andy Warhol Elvis I and II 1964 silkscreen on acrylic, on aluminum 208.3 x 208.3 cm Complementary Color scheme Complementary colors: colors opposite each other on the color wheel Red / Green Orange / Blue Yellow / Violet
  • Conditioned color & atmospheric conditioning- colors appear more intense in the foreground and have a lesser value in background Conditioned color & Neutralized Color
  • Neutralized color - color intensity is neutralized by adding its complement or a neutral color, white, black or grey. Conditioned color & Neutralized Color
  • Local color: the actual color of an object Tonal color: the color variations that result from the effects of light and shadow. Reflected color - any object you look at is influenced by the color of the environment. These colors are reflections of surrounding objects. Local Color Reflected Color Tonal Color
  • Atmospheric conditioning Neutralized colors The Wolf River, Kansas Albert Bierstadt c.1859 Oil on canvas 48 1/8 x 38 1/8 inches (122.5 x 97.1 cm) The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, USA Warm color scheme
  • Color evokes mood Cool color scheme Pablo Picasso , The Tragedy , 1903, oil on wood, 1.053 x .690 m (41 7/16 x 27 3/16 in.), National Gallery of Art, Washington,
  • Light intensity
    • a color appears lighter when the color around it is darker
    Michelangelo Merisi called Caravaggio Madonna dei Palafrenieri (1605) oil on canvas cm. 2,92x2,11 Borghese Gallery
  • Liubov Popova Sitzender weiblicher Akt, 1914, Oil on canvas 106 x 87 cm Museum Ludwig Analogous Colors Analogous Colors – colors that have ‘neighboring’ hues, contain one common color from the color wheel.
  • Warm or cool color scheme? Paul Cezanne 1839-1906 Landscape , 1900 Oil on canvas h62.2 cm , w 51.5 cm Analogous or complementary color schemes?
  • Georges Seurat French, 1859-1891 A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884 Oil on canvas 207.5 x 308 cm Optical color mixtures are when the artist depends on the eye to mix the colors.
  • Local color? Chuck Close Lyle , 2002 Chuck Close (American, born 1940) 147-color silk screen 65 1/2 x 53 7/8 in. Edition of 80 Optical color mixture Complementary color scheme?
  • Henri Matisse: Portrait of Madame Matisse. The Green Line,1905. 40,50 x 32,5 cm Oil on canvas What are the color relationships in Matisse’s painting of Madame Matisse?