The Color Blue Used Symbolically in Art

Blue and Red, Kim, Seung Hee, 1995, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
In this piece the color blue is used to harmonize the composition. There is a perfect balance of ridges and curves to pull everything together. The gradient blue background creates a contrast that really makes the yellow and red pop.
Blue Café, Ivan Tabaković, 1937, From the collection of: The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection
In this painting blue is also used to create harmony. This Serbian artist liked to create contemporary paintings of ever day life and he used the color to balance his composition.
Doubt-Blue Column., Yang, Dae Won, 양대원, 2007, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
In this painting the color blue is used to create a bold contrast. He uses simple but bold colors in his symbolic abstract artwork.
Sunlight in the blue room, Anna Ancher, 1891, From the collection of: Skagens Museum
I think blue was used as a symbol of peace and calm in this artwork. This was the authors grandmothers hotel room she used to play in. I think she used blue to convey that this was her happy place and that she was at peace when in this room.
Blue Space 2010, Yi, Hee Choung, 2010, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
Madame Cézanne in Blue, Paul Cézanne, 1888 - 1890, From the collection of: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
I couldn't find much background information on Cezanne's painting. Based on intuition I think the colors in this artwork are a symbol of depression and sadness. The color blue and the facial expression depict a sadness to her. As well as the bland brown colors used in the background.
The lady in blue (Mr and Mrs J S MacDonald), Hugh Ramsay, 1902, From the collection of: Art Gallery of New South Wales
In this painting the author was able to really capture the eye with pop of color. Ramsay was interested in creating harmony and balancing his composition.
Blue and green (arthroplasty), Barbara Hepworth, 1947, From the collection of: Te Papa
In this piece the blue can be seen as a symbol of unity and trust. Hepworth was a fascinated artist who would sit and observe medical operations. She was always in awe of the act of people saving others lives. The monochrome blue creates a look of calmness that conveys the artist's feelings.
Etude in Blue, Alma Thomas, 1966, From the collection of: SCAD Museum of Art
This abstract piece of art is very dramatic. The artist used the values of blue to create a bold contrast against the red and yellow in the composition.
[Blue Graveyard], Steiner-Prag, Hugo, 1880/1945, From the collection of: Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History
In many form's of art, blue sometimes symbolizes depression and sadness. Like "coming down with the blues." I think that's the case with this artwork. The waterfall depicts a graveyard and that's why I believe the author wanted to create a sense of sadness and drama.
The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh, 1889, From the collection of: MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
I think the blue in this piece represents harmony. The blue's give this abstract scene a sense of calmness and peace through out the little town. The contrasting color's of yellow and blue create a brilliant composition.
Blue Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1916 - 1919, From the collection of: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
I think Monet focused on a small part of the water for dramatic effect. He could have painted a horizon but instead he left his piece open and unframed. The artwork has limitless look and feeling of serenity that's reflected in the water.
The Cathedral, František Kupka, 1912 - 1913, From the collection of: Museum Kampa
Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky, published by R. Piper & Co., 1912, From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Blue Store Window, Petar Lubarda, 1930, From the collection of: The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection
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