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  • 1. The Language of Color
    How do artists use color to create meaning?
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  • 2. What are the artists reasons for choosing colors?
    Artists use color to create the time of day or give a sense of place or atmosphere to their work
    Artists use color to express emotion
    Artists use color to achieve an emotional response in the viewer
    Artists use color as a technical element of design
    Artists use color to support a story
  • 3. Time of day
    Winslow Homer uses a primary color palette and white to capture the strong daylight of the tropics
    Homer uses a limited dark palette to create the illusion of a night scene
  • 4. Night
    Even though Van Gogh is using saturated warm and cool colors, the context of the bright yellows surrounded by blues and greens gives them a cooler appearance and supports the feeling of a night sky
  • 5. Cool Color
    Cool colors all contain blue, they tend to recede from the viewer and create a sense of distance
    Cool colors are also thought to be refreshing and clean.
  • 6. Cold Color & Emotional Distance
    In this painting of the Old Guitar Player, Pablo Picasso uses only cool blues + brown to reinforce the sadness, distance and isolation of the musician. Picasso did several melancholy paintings during his “Blue Period”
  • 7. Warm Color
    Warm Colors all contain red.
    Artists can use these colors to create a physical response to temperature.
    VanGogh uses them to express the heat of a summer day
  • 8. Hot Color
    Mark Rothko uses the strength of saturated red to compress the smaller orange shape. Saturated hot colors like these advance towards the viewer.
  • 9. Light
    John Singer Sargent creates a sense of light on the water by using hues that are transparent and light in their value ranges. This allows the blue and orange complments to create a sense of acivity without clashing
  • 10. Dark Values
    Leonardo da Vinci said “Color is the enemy of art”.
    Artists from earlier times used value rather than color as their most important tool.
    Colors containing black are used to create volume and shadows.
  • 11. Supper at Emmaus
    Caravaggio captures a serious moment using dark colors contrasted with smaller areas of red and white. The white and red also lead the eye through the painting
  • 12. Drama
    3 centuries Later, John Singer Sargent uses a similar palette in this portrait of the actress Ellen Terry in the role of Lady Macbeth to heighten the sense of drama.
  • 13. Neutrals vs. Dark values + Red
    Winslow Homer isolates the two figures in the painting “Lifeline” with gray and neutral colors to focus the viewer’s attention on the figures at the center of the story
  • 14. Arbitrary color
    Two impressionists, Van Gogh and Gaugin did not reproduce exact realistic color in their work. This freed artists to pursue color as a separate compositional element
  • 15. Bright colors are active
    Keith Haring used these high key complimentary colors to help create a feeling of movement
  • 16. Bright
    Piet Mondrian uses lines of bright color on a white background to replicate the rhythm and activity of New York City streets
  • 17. Icarus
    Henri Matisse uses these bright primary colors in an active dancing way. This work tells the story Icarus who fell to earth after flying too close to the sun
  • 18. Color and Medium
    Dale Chiluly uses the transparent and reflective properties of blown glass.
    The complimentary color scheme and saturated colors create lively movement to the inside and outside of the piece
  • 19. Pale
    Artist Mary Cassatt worked in pale hues. The pale colors, all made with white help us to connect with the idealized and romantic vision of mother and Child
  • 20. How does a change in intensity of the colors affect the way you react to the content?
  • 21. Vote
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  • 24. Same subject, no color
    Consider Dorothea Lange’s Mother & Children, the achromatic scheme creates a documentary style and a very different response to the situation of the subjects.
  • 25. Do we react to color in the same way?
    Choose a group of adjectives that best describes this painting
    The Blue House-Marc Chagall
    Enter your answer in the poll on the next slide
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  • 29. Can color alone create feelings?
    Look at these 2 paintings by Mark Rothko and answer the poll
    question on the next slide
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  • 33. “He who wants to become master of color must see, feel, and experience each individual color in its many endless combinations with all other colors.”
    - Johannes Itten