The AR-t of Color

Step into the history of colors in art with a virtual gallery

By Google Arts & Culture

Melancholy Woman (1902) by Pablo PicassoDetroit Institute of Arts

"Seeing red", "feeling blue", "green with envy". Abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky once said, “color is a power which directly influences the soul”; and there's no disputing it when you see the melancholy blues and greens of Picasso’s Blue Period, or the vibrant, happy yellows of a simple vase of Sunflowers by Van Gogh.

The Art of Color Pocket Gallery: Black and White Room

Color has been an inspiration to artists for centuries, and has now inspired the latest “Pocket Gallery”, a feature of the Google Arts & Culture app that uses Augmented Reality to create a virtual space that you can explore.

Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665 (digitized by Madpixel)) by Johannes VermeerMauritshuis

After the last Pocket Gallery brought all of Vermeer's paintings together for the first ever time last year, the latest edition features a variety of artists’ works, captured in high resolution and selected according to each artwork's colors.

The Art of Color Pocket Gallery

In “The Art of Color,” you can explore four rooms of paintings that each represent a different color palette — you’ll also find a dark room that juxtaposes Rembrandt’s iconic masterpiece The Night Watch with the mind-bending Op art of Bridget Riley.

Red Cannas (1927) by Georgia O'KeeffeAmon Carter Museum of American Art

The new Pocket Gallery features art from 33 galleries and museums across four continents, and allows you to learn about works of many different eras and styles. From renowned masterpieces to hidden gems, “The Art of Color” brings together artworks that have never been seen together before in real life, like Georgia O’Keeffe’s Red Cannas, Amrita Sher-Gil’s Mother India and Hokusai’s South Wind, Clear Dawn.

The Art of Color Pocket Gallery

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