The language of color


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  • The language of color

    1. 1. The Language of Color<br />How do artists use color to create meaning?<br />Click mouse to advance to the next slide<br />
    2. 2. What are the artists reasons for choosing colors?<br />Artists use color to create the time of day or give a sense of place or atmosphere to their work<br />Artists use color to express emotion<br />Artists use color to achieve an emotional response in the viewer<br />Artists use color as a technical element of design<br />Artists use color to support a story<br />
    3. 3. Time of day<br />Winslow Homer uses a primary color palette and white to capture the strong daylight of the tropics<br />Homer uses a limited dark palette to create the illusion of a night scene<br />
    4. 4. Night<br />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<br />
    5. 5. Cool Color<br />Cool colors all contain blue, they tend to recede from the viewer and create a sense of distance<br />Cool colors are also thought to be refreshing and clean.<br />
    6. 6. Cold Color & Emotional Distance<br />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”<br />
    7. 7. Warm Color<br />Warm Colors all contain red.<br />Artists can use these colors to create a physical response to temperature. <br />VanGogh uses them to express the heat of a summer day<br />
    8. 8. Hot Color<br />Mark Rothko uses the strength of saturated red to compress the smaller orange shape. Saturated hot colors like these advance towards the viewer.<br />
    9. 9. Light<br />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<br />
    10. 10. Dark Values<br />Leonardo da Vinci said “Color is the enemy of art”. <br />Artists from earlier times used value rather than color as their most important tool. <br />Colors containing black are used to create volume and shadows.<br />
    11. 11. Supper at Emmaus<br />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<br />
    12. 12. Drama<br />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.<br />
    13. 13. Neutrals vs. Dark values + Red<br />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<br />
    14. 14. Arbitrary color<br />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<br />
    15. 15. Bright colors are active<br />Keith Haring used these high key complimentary colors to help create a feeling of movement<br />
    16. 16. Bright<br />Piet Mondrian uses lines of bright color on a white background to replicate the rhythm and activity of New York City streets<br />
    17. 17. Icarus<br />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<br />
    18. 18. Color and Medium<br />Dale Chiluly uses the transparent and reflective properties of blown glass.<br />The complimentary color scheme and saturated colors create lively movement to the inside and outside of the piece<br />
    19. 19. Pale<br />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<br />
    20. 20. How does a change in intensity of the colors affect the way you react to the content?<br />
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    24. 24. Same subject, no color<br />Consider Dorothea Lange’s Mother & Children, the achromatic scheme creates a documentary style and a very different response to the situation of the subjects.<br />
    25. 25. Do we react to color in the same way?<br />Choose a group of adjectives that best describes this painting<br />The Blue House-Marc Chagall<br />Enter your answer in the poll on the next slide<br />
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    29. 29. Can color alone create feelings?<br />Look at these 2 paintings by Mark Rothko and answer the poll<br />question on the next slide<br />
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    33. 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.”<br />- Johannes Itten<br />