People in Blue; SOBENES SEbasttian

This art gallery consists and focuses on several portraits of people throughout history(displayed in a chronological manner) who are depicted in a mostly traditional manner, yet are wearing a blue article of clothing. The blue article of clothing manages to liven up the artwork and make it seem less dull. The themes for this gallery are portraits beginning at the year 1430 all the way to the year 1902, all focusing on the person who is portrayed in the portraits wearing the color blue. The importance of the color blue in these artworks as you will see is that the blue article of clothing manages to liven up the artworks. 

"Portrait of a Man with a Blue Chaperone" is an oil on panel portrait by Jan van Eyck. There is heavy contrast present between the dark colors in this portrait to make the viewer focus more on the face of the man than anything else, but the Blue Chaperon manages to liven the picture up.
In "Young Woman in a Blue Dress" by Jacopo Negretti, one can see a woman being portrayed. This woman's facial expression is that of someone who is surprised. The artist used a few colors when painting this as there are the traditional darker tones present, but also present are the bright colors of the dress and hair. These colors make the portrait seem less dull and more pleasing to the eye.
"Portrait of a Girl Dressed in Blue" by Johannes Cornelisz is a portrait that depicts a young girl who is smiling and I believe that the color palette in this picture lightens up the mood of the artwork. As in, the way the bright blue dress occupies the majority of the piece, makes the piece seem more lively.
"Portrait of a Lady in Blue holding a Flow" by Lely, Sir Peter shows a different type of portrait compared to the previous one's in this gallery. This is the first portrait in the gallery to have a non-solid color background, and the blue dress accentuates the background and gives the girl depicted in the artwork a sense of innocence.
In "Young Lady in Blue" Misu Popp shows a more traditional way of painting a portrait. In the painting, we see this young lady sitting in a chair. We also see that unlike the last painting, this one doesn't have a a lively background. Just a traditional dark brown background. This is used to focus more on the young lady as the main theme, the blue dress helps with that, by drawing the viewer's eye to the young girl's dress.
In "The Blue Girl", James McNeil Whistler uses a non-traditional portrait background by having a blue and green background. The color blue in this painting is ever-present, both in the background and in the girl's dress. The color blue helps draw one's eyes to the center of the piece.
Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait is a post-impressionist portrait that uses a variety of colors. In this self-portrait, we see the use of blue as a complementary color to the orange color van Gogh used for his facial hair. The blue in the background, as well as the blue article of clothing he has on, makes a viewer look straight at van Gogh's face. Van Gogh's blue eyes also makes a viewer focus on his face rather than the surrounding colors around him such as the background, article of clothing, or even the color palette in his hand.
"Madame Cézanne in Blue" is a post-impressionist piece by Paul Cézanne. In this piece, we see a portrait of a young girl posing in what seems to be a house. The use of a non-traditional portrait background helps liven up the mood of the piece. The blue article of clothing, like in the other paintings, help the viewer focus on the girl depicted.
Louise Abbéma paints a beautifully done portrait in "Portrait of a Young Girl with a Blue Ribbon". She paints a young girl who looks hyper-realistic with her use of lighting and shadows. This painting also uses a non-traditional color background for a portrait and this helps liven up the mood of the portrait and makes it look a lot less dull. The blue dress alongside the blue ribbon gives viewers a good place as to where to focus on, which would be the young girl's face.
Unlike the other portraits in this gallery, "The lady in blue" is the first portrait to depict two people in it. In this portrait, we see a woman alongside a man, who we assume is her husband or butler. Hugh Ramsay uses a traditional dark background for this portrait, but the blue dress the lady is wearing suggests that she is the main focus of the painting. The blue dress is the first thing most viewers will see when they first take a look at the painting. This is true, due to the blue complementing the other colors in the color pallette used in this painting.
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