The Color of Obscurity

Using color in unconventional ways can have the most amazing effect. This gallery includes artwork that speaks to me through its color.

Purple Horse III, Yuan Xikun, 1999, From the collection of: Beijing Jintai Art Museum
I can really appreciate when an artist takes something that they may see every day, but one simple action of seeing it in a different color can change the perspective entirely. I chose this horse because it does just that.
Jinete, Heriberto Juárez, 1996, From the collection of: Fundación Universidad de las Américas Puebla
Jinete not only contorts the lines of the horse, but uses complementary colors in the background to contrast the horse. I chose this painting because the color of the horse is unusual, and the rider appears a little out-of-the-ordinary as well.
Ericifolia, Stephen Bush, 2004, From the collection of: Art Gallery of New South Wales
In this painting, Stephen Bush not only sees this shed as green, which it is very likely not, but he sees the sky as vibrant pink and green, rather than blue. Imagination is apparent because while green and pink occupy most of this image, yellow seems to be making an appearance as well in the ground.
Rosebushes under the Trees, Gustav Klimt, circa 1905, From the collection of: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
This painting made me snicker to myself, as I imagined cards 2, 3, and 5 rushing to these rosebushes to paint the red before the Red Queen finds out they've mistakenly planted white roses. Especially since it looks as though there are already two or three roses that have a hint of red paint upon them.
April : (The Green Gown), Childe Hassam, 1920, From the collection of: Gibbes Museum of Art
The bulk of this painting does not obscure the original color in any dramatic way, however the use of blue for the shadows on this dress captivate me. I love the use of a different color for shading, rather than simply using a darker shade of green.
The Green Domino, Albert Bloch, 1913, From the collection of: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
I love how this painting has no apparent "background", but simply shapes filled with color that varies according to an apparent light source. Additionally, there is a guy with a funny mask that seems to be making an appearance in the top right side of the painting.
Rhythmic composition in yellow green minor, Roy de Maistre, (1919), From the collection of: Art Gallery of New South Wales
I love this painting; the use of color is not only incredible, but the artist actually created a shape, gave it texture and color, and brought it to life. I love the use of color, and I love the fact that the artist used his imagination to create something completely new and beautiful with the amazing use of color.
The White Horse, Paul Gauguin, 1898, From the collection of: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
I enjoyed this painting a lot because the "White Horse" appears green, which tells me that the artist knew well enough to know that even a "white horse" shouldn't be painted with pure white paint. Additionally, the horse seems to be enjoying itself in the water as well.
Yoshitsune Falls, from the series Famous Waterfalls in Various Provinces, Artist: Katsushika Hokusai, 1833, From the collection of: National Museum of Asian Art
This image was chosen because of its vibrant use of the color red against the not-as-vibrant blue background. I love how the waves are seemingly about to crash right over their heads, but they're just trying to finish their job.
At the Circus: Entering the Ring, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864 - 1901), 1899, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This image used one of my favorite color techniques, before it was even a widely used technique; this technique is called Color Splash (adding color to an otherwise black-and-white image). I love this technique, because it does give some detail, but really relies on the mind of the viewer.
Fränzi in front of Carved Chair, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1910, From the collection of: Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
This appears to be a young girl in a lovely fancy dress, however the colors of the painting seem to be a little "unnatural". I love the use of greens and blues in this color, while their compliments of reds and oranges join them, balancing this image, even though the girl is more to the left side than the right.
Mori (Forest), Katayama Bokuyo_, 1928, From the collection of: Minneapolis Institute of Art
While this forest is green like most forests, this painting seems to have captured a magical essence of the forrest. If I were a witness to the creation of this painting, I would say that this may have been a forest that was enchanted by fairies or other magic-folk. I love the magic of the green in the painting.
Bathers, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1923/1927, From the collection of: Kunstmuseum
This painting seems to show three people bathing in the woods. Their skin may have been a certain shade of yellow, however I doubt it was this vibrant. I also don't think the rest of the woods around them were that vibrant either. However the artist does an amazing job at depicting these peaceful bathers in their seemingly "natural habitat".
Sunset 15, Diego Rivera, 1956, From the collection of: Museo Dolores Olmedo
While this painting is likely very close to the colors this sunset really was, I love the fact that the artist isn't afraid to use such a wide range of colors. I adore this painting because Rivera uses every color in the rainbow for one sunset. I find it incredible.
Self-Portrait, Vincent van Gogh, 1889, From the collection of: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
I love this painting because van Gogh uses his red hair to his advantage, and compliments it with its opposite of blue, making a very well balanced painting. I very much enjoy the way van Gogh uses this technique with his self-portraits.
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