The Power of the Color

The color can determine how mysterious is a painting. An environmental painting is artistic when the colors give an idea of mystery. Colors can change the whole thematic of an artwork and give it another meaning. 

The Last Day of Pompeii, Karl Brullov, 1830/1833, From the collection of: The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
The image in here shows a good contrast of colors. They are actually in the darkness, but the fire behind them is giving some lighting. The background and its colors is what makes the painting so impressive.
View from Stalheim, Johan Christian Dahl, 1842, From the collection of: The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway
The lighting and the shading of the painting is incredible, and the colors of it are just perfect. The mysterious part of it is like the sky is cloudy, but the light comes just in one section. I don't know how to describe it, the painting is just beautiful.
An Advanced Dressing Station in France, 1918, Tonks, Henry, 1918, From the collection of: Imperial War Museums
The color contrast of the image is good, the red thematic matches perfect with the environment. The red color shows the terrible situation that the people is going through. 
Gassed, Sargent, John Singer (RA), 1919, From the collection of: Imperial War Museums
The colors of the painting are perfect, green and yellow. Representing the colors of the military forces. The image shows all the fallen soldiers at war. The Yellow contrast shows the new day and what they are seeing around them. In the other hand, the green represents the clouds of gasses during that war.
A House Collapsing on Two Firemen, Shoe Lane, London, EC4, Rosoman, Leonard Henry (RA), 1940, From the collection of: Imperial War Museums
The collapsing house has some interesting colors and contrasts. Black, Yellow and Red. Those three colors make a mysterious thematic and they are joint with the meaning of the painting. However, there's another color that is White, and it reflects like there's a background without ending. The mystery in here is that people don't know where are those two people going or what's their goal. 
The Balloon Apron, Dobson, Frank (RA), 1918, From the collection of: Imperial War Museums
The painting seems simple. Nevertheless, the power and energy of the color is so intense in here that one can get easily influenced by it. The first time I saw it, I got inspired by the colors, they are so alive. The sky is so bright. Even though there's smoke, the colors give it another meaning for me. 
View of the City of Arnhem, Jan Josefsz van Goyen, 1646, From the collection of: SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst
The opaque colors in this painting are so mysterious. In my opinion, the most mysterious environments are the most opaque ones. They make you think and wonder what will happen. 
This painting is not that complex. However, the great lighting and shading makes it great. The bright colors produced by light are just the perfect combination with the shading. 
A Wooded Landscape with Travelers on a Path through a Hamlet, Meindert Hobbema (Dutch, 1638 - 1709), about 1665, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This environment looks cold, the opaque colors give it a great intrigue. The cloudy sky matches perfect with the trees and the old houses.
Two Watermills and an Open Sluice, Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch, 1628/1629 - 1682), 1653, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This is another painting with opaque colors. I like opaque colors, those are my favorite ones because they are mysterious. The cloudy sky, the dark forest and the cold water are perfect for a dark thematic. 
Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City, Henry Ossawa Tanner, c. 1885, From the collection of: The White House
The brightness of the painting mixed with the colors are impressive. The brown color from the sand is perfect with the orange sky and the small quantity of the green vegetation. 
Diorama 34: The Revolution Against Spain Begins, Manila, 1896, Ayala Museum Staff (Historians, Researchers, Artists) and Artisans from Paete, Laguna, 1974 - 2011, From the collection of: Ayala Museum
The picture is just simple. People met and no more. But, the colors are really bright, the colors of the vegetation are beautiful. 
Moonlit Landscape with a View of the New Amstel River and Castle Kostverloren, Aert van der Neer (Dutch, 1603/1604 - 1677), 1647, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
I have no words for this painting. It's perfect. The opaque and dark environment is just intrigue and mysterious at its maximum level. The moon light and the clouds surrounding it gives a sense of one just don't know what could happen in it. 
Oppy Wood, 1917. Evening, Nash, John (RA), 1918, From the collection of: Imperial War Museums
The image does not have realism or even a sense. However, the colors are really important on it, the lighting and shading makes it look great. And the thematic of the trees and trenches can demonstrate a little bit what's going on. 
The Sheepfold, Moonlight, Jean-François Millet, 1856-1860, From the collection of: The Walters Art Museum
The opaque colors and the dark sky are a good couple that can trick on our minds when trying to discover what's going on. The weak light on the animals on it are perfect; in fact, they make good contrast with the darkness of the environment. 
The Mill, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1645 - 1648, From the collection of: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
The dense dark clouds make a good contrast with the sky, the clouds can be very powerful at the moment of a mysterious theme. The lonely windmill on a hill, in the middle of nowhere, give it some intrigue. The small lake and its color is beautiful. 
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