Colorful History by Cassie Cerpa

The new era of the 50's made such a huge pop culture after the second World War. But, besides the rock n' roll jams and the drive-in theaters, there were plenty of artworks that made a statement for themselves. One of the ways that made the artwork stand out was the vibrancy of the colors. The colors explain the mood of the paintings and explain the history that goes with it. I hope this gallery gives you a deeper meaning of what each color means to these paintings.

Pulled Space Structure, Nino Di Salvatore, 1952, From the collection of: MAGA - Museo Arte Gallarate
This painting shows different types of lines that have a variety of color. I believe some of the darker colors represent a feeling of insecurity while the lighter colors represent a feeling of safety.
The Artist Thinking, 1950s, From the collection of: Lithuanian National Museum of Art
This painting shows primary colors that represent how the artist feels about what he creates. The blue represents a feeling of remembrance, allowing the artist to think about what he wants to create.
The telephone box, John Brack, 1954, From the collection of: Art Gallery of New South Wales
This painting has a selection of dark colors. It gives out a few tones to represent the man in the painting. The color brown gives a sense of determination and reassurance.
Shape took over the minds of artists rather than realism recreation. The duality of the backgrounds are almost monochromatic making the foreground colors the emphasis creating the illusion of layers.
Skejten, Oluf Rude, 1954, From the collection of: The Danish Parliament
This painting shows great varieties of color. The green represents a feeling of tranquility. The different colors of blue represent purity and faith. The whole feeling of this painting feels calm.
Composition, Mauro Reggiani, 1951/1951, From the collection of: MAGA - Museo Arte Gallarate
This painting shows a selection of dark colors. The dark red represents a sense of danger. The blue and yellow represent a feeling of confidence and energy. The blue and yellow colors cancels out the red.
Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower (Mrs. Dwight David Eisenhower), Thomas Edgar Stephens, 1959, From the collection of: The White House
This painting gives out a feminine touch for the woman in the picture. The light shade of pink gives the woman a sense of sensitivity as well as fertility. In the 50's, the fertility rate increased (known as the "baby boom").
Legend Of The Sea, Renato Birolli, 1951, From the collection of: MAGA - Museo Arte Gallarate
This painting shows another great value of colors. The selection of blue, lavender, and teal shows a sense of coolness and depth. Just like the sea that it attempts to portray.
Siyahlı Kadın / Woman in Black, Avni Arbaş, 1955, From the collection of: Sakıp Sabancı Museum
This painting has a few selection of colors but the black has a strong meaning. The black represents a feeling of sophistication and independency. It expresses the life of a woman back in the 1950s.
Airplanes are Flying, Fedor Petrovich Malayev, 1950/1950, From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts of Tatarstan
This painting shows a great variety of colors. The choices of the colors in this painting represent a feeling of freedom. The girl with the light blue dress is one of the examples of freedom.
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