The Use of Color for Mood

In this gallery, I have selected 15 pieces that I believe effectively use color to convey a certain mood to the viewer.

Still Life with Flowers in a Vase, Christoffel van den Berghe, Dutch (active Middelburg), active c. 1617 - after 1628, 1617, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
This piece uses bright colors to give the flowers the illusion of being alive.
Flower Still Life with Bird's Nest, Severin Roesen, American (born Germany), 1816 - c. 1872, 1853, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
This piece effectively uses vibrant colors to give the illusion that the flowers are coming off the page.
Pichincha, Frederic Edwin Church, American, 1826 - 1900, 1867, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
In this piece, Frederic Edwin Church used a contrast of lights and darks to make the scene appear to be washed over by the glow of a sunset.
From Nature in the Garden, Rubens Peale, American, 1784 - 1865, 1856, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
In the piece "From Nature in the Garden", the artist created the illusion that the flowers have a soft-feel to them by effectively using a pastel color pallet.
William Rush Carving His Allegorical Figure of the Schuylkill River, Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916, 1876/1877, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
This piece uses mainly dark colors in order to give the impression that the room is dark, or absent of very much light.
Venus and Vulcan, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian (active Venice, Udine, Würzburg, and Madrid) 1696 - 1770, c. 1765, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
In this image, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo bathed the woman figure in light colors to contrast the mans darker colors in order to give the woman a look of goddessness.
House and Factory of Monsieur Henry, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French, 1796 - 1875, 1833, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Jean-Baptist-Camille Corot used a very plain palette for this image to give the viewer a feeling of plainness while viewing this piece.
The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834, Joseph Mallord William Turner, English, 1775 - 1851, 1834-1835, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
This image effectively uses shades of orange and red to give the illusion that fire has engulfed the entire scene.
The Grands Boulevards, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841 - 1919, 1875, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Pierre-Auguste Renoir used a lighter palette for this piece in order to give the viewer a feeling of normality, or plainness while looking at this work.
The Mexico City Alameda, José María Velasco, 1866, From the collection of: Museo Nacional de Arte
This image effectively uses a golder palette in order to give the illusion that the scene depicted is during a sunset.
Inside Noah's Ark, Joaquín Ramírez, 1857, From the collection of: Museo Nacional de Arte
This image uses color that blend well together in order to show that the landscape is rolling together at the sunset.
Landscape of San Cristóbal Romita, Luis Coto, 1857, From the collection of: Museo Nacional de Arte
This image uses bright colors to give the illusion that the building is washed in sunlight.
The love of the Humming Bird, Manuel Ocaranza, 1869, From the collection of: Museo Nacional de Arte
Manuel Ocaranza used a lighter palette of colors in order to give the illusion that the girl has soft skin.
The Immaculate Conception, Padre Manuel "El jesuita", From the collection of: Museo Nacional de Arte
This woman was painted by bright colors in order to give her a divine-look.
Avila Morning [The Ambles Valley], Diego Rivera, 1908, From the collection of: Museo Nacional de Arte
In this work of art, Diego Rivera effectively used lighter colors that blend well to give the landscape a rolling effect.
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