color as shape and form - Juaacklyn Denny

This gallery includes artists painting that use the placement of color to define and give shape and form within a painting.

Birger Sandzen uses the combination of color along with value and saturation to give this painting a feeing of depth. His heavy placement of paint and leaving the strokes of his brush to show in each strip of color gives this painting texture along with pattern and rhythm to show movement and help draw the viewer from the foreground painted with bright and bold complementary colors to the far off horizon with his more analogous use of color.
Claude Monet uses a combination of extreme light values along with darker values to give the illusion of depth in the arched windows and doorways. His placement of colors, having them layered and overlapping each other gives this painting texture and shape. Monet depicts a sense of balance and proportion by adding three small figures to the bottom left of the painting.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir places color in this painting using a pattern of long crosshatched brush strokes. These long and fluid strokes of paint also gives a sense of movement within the painting although this is a still life. Renior use of low saturated analogous colors slows the movement within and allows his long fluid placement of color from being a distraction and instead helps add to the young lady’s graceful appearance.
Camille Pissaro use of complementary colors along with both saturation and contrast gives this painting a rhythmic pattern. Her use of small and dot like paint strokes allow these saturated and contrasting placement of color to give a sense of brightness and life especially with family depicted in the foreground. Pissaro’s use of both light and dark values draws the viewer to the family and then moves the viewer back towards the horse and carriage in the distance.
George Seurat use of analogous colors gives this painting a sense of balance and harmony and helps depict slow tranquility. His very fine placement of color allows some areas such as the trees and grass to have a textured look and his contrasting use of light and dark hues helps create light and shadows as if from the sun and surrounding trees. Seurat’s repetitive use of people in different poses helps move the viewer through this painting but he is still able to show unity by having most of the people in his painting looking out at the water.
In this painting, Alan Moore uses very darkly hued and contrasting analogous colors. His placement of color and the stark contrast between hues gives shape and form to the dead skeletal remains at the bottom of the painting. Moore use of both repetition and proportions thorough out the painting as a whole forces the viewer to focus on the man standing amongst the dead bodies in the foreground.
Robert Spencer uses placement of color to give shape and form within this painting. His use of color placement and brush strokes gives this painting a rhythmic pattern of movement. Spencer is still able to give very defined shape and form in objects such as the bridge without relying on the use of lines.
Aleksander Kumric uses the combination of color along with value and saturation to give this painting a feeling of depth. His patterned and rhythmic placement of color helps give movement to this painting through his use of heavily defined crosshatched strokes in the sky while painting the water with strokes all going in the same direction. Kumric use of complementary colors placed next to each other to give each boat a definitive shape and form.
Vincent van Gough use of complementary color along with a mix of both value and saturation gives this painting a sense of life and brightness. His short and quick brush strokes portrays a sense of movement this is almost contradictory to the stillness within the painting. His placement of color gives texture, shape and form within the trees and paths however; it is both the combination of color placement and the different angled paint strokes that gives the people in this painting form and shape.
Henri Matisse use of saturated and complementary colors gives each object in this painting a sense of placement and form. His rhythmic placement of color gives this painting vibrancy and movement. Although there is a sense of vagueness in this painting his use of color and placement does give objects such as the boat in the foreground a definite shape.
George J. Stengel uses a mixture of analogous and split complementary colors in this painting. There is pattern and movement with his placement of color and defined brush strokes along the riverbed. Stengel then uses not only the placement of color but also almost un discernible brush strokes with a combination of harmonious and contrasting colors to give the river a highly reflective look and feel.