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JAN STEENAND COLORSYMBOLISMBY JENNIFER WELLS
BLUE  •   Faith  •   Wisdom  •   Loyalty  •   Truth  •   Heaven  •   Trust  •   FriendshipThe Doctor’s Visit, 1663–1665
RED •   Love •   Passion •   Fire •   Blood •   Sensitivity •   RomanceBathsheba Receiving David’s               Letter, 1...
YELLOW•   Happiness•   Joy•   Energy•   Intellect•   Creativity•   Freshness      Night’s End in a Tavern
ORANGE•   Adventure•   Creativity•   Excitement•   Pleasure•   Wisdom•   Wealth               The Dissolute             Ho...
GREEN•   Growth•   Harmony•   Fertility & Vitality•   Stability•   Hope•   Healing & Balance•   Peace             Arrival ...
WHITE  •   Purity  •   Truth  •   Innocence  •   Protection  •   HealingThe Continence of Scipio, late                    ...
BLACK•   Sadness & Mourning•   Despair•   Elegance•   Power•   Formality     Burgher of Delft and his            Daughter,...
PURPLE•    Power•    Luxury•    Ambition•    Wisdom•    Dignity•    Creativity•    Magic    The Dancing Couple, 1663
PINK•   Appreciation & Gratitude•   Happiness•   Admiration•   Friendships•   Compassion & Harmony      The Merry Threesome
BROWN•   Friendship•   Homeliness•   Concentration•   Courage•   Energy         Twelfth Night, 1662
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Jan Steen and Color Symbolism

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This is an introductory art lesson plan, for high school, on color symbolism. Here, Jan Steen’s paintings are used as a basis for a class discussion on how he may have chosen his dominant colors in each work in order to symbolize a certain mood or expression.

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Jan Steen and Color Symbolism

  1. 1. JAN STEENAND COLORSYMBOLISMBY JENNIFER WELLS
  2. 2. BLUE • Faith • Wisdom • Loyalty • Truth • Heaven • Trust • FriendshipThe Doctor’s Visit, 1663–1665
  3. 3. RED • Love • Passion • Fire • Blood • Sensitivity • RomanceBathsheba Receiving David’s Letter, 1659
  4. 4. YELLOW• Happiness• Joy• Energy• Intellect• Creativity• Freshness Night’s End in a Tavern
  5. 5. ORANGE• Adventure• Creativity• Excitement• Pleasure• Wisdom• Wealth The Dissolute Household, 1668
  6. 6. GREEN• Growth• Harmony• Fertility & Vitality• Stability• Hope• Healing & Balance• Peace Arrival of a Visitor
  7. 7. WHITE • Purity • Truth • Innocence • Protection • HealingThe Continence of Scipio, late 1660s
  8. 8. BLACK• Sadness & Mourning• Despair• Elegance• Power• Formality Burgher of Delft and his Daughter, 1655
  9. 9. PURPLE• Power• Luxury• Ambition• Wisdom• Dignity• Creativity• Magic The Dancing Couple, 1663
  10. 10. PINK• Appreciation & Gratitude• Happiness• Admiration• Friendships• Compassion & Harmony The Merry Threesome
  11. 11. BROWN• Friendship• Homeliness• Concentration• Courage• Energy Twelfth Night, 1662

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