the radicolours - matt dunlap

This gallery contains a variety of vibrant and colorful watercolour pieces that were considered radical and innovative especially when first created.

This painting shows the hot, windy train tracks of South Wales, Australia, where a man was killed from a rock falling down during a cutting of the tracks. This new radical landscape style was different from Streeton's regular oeuvre which made it his best evocation of Australian heat and sunlight.
This atmospheric watercolor painting was as well as the last a radical new approach to the Australian painting world. Tom Roberts, an Australian impressionist says Buvelot started the first real painting of Australia. Keep in mind this is ten years older than the first piece shown.
This work was painted during what was called a golden age for the english landscape artists. They were very fascinated with the wild and uncut aspects in nature. This painting shows the clouds breaking and all the haze floating around, very deep contrasty colors. If you look closely next to the pine tree you can see people standing in front of a cabin.
Before this nude piece by Anders Zorn, woman seemed unaware of the painting they were in. In this piece, which I'm assuming was a newer idea, he was making the subject stand out more to emphasize the nudity. Now this wasn't done for erotic reasons, but mostly to emphasize light and shadow within composition. This photo embodies more than just light and shadow, with its naturally blended colors of all different tonalities.
This undated painting is a little strange to look at, with its cartoonish style and weird human actions. I am guessing this was some of the first colored painting from this era, but I could be very wrong. This painter played with a lot of shadow and had strong emphasis on outline of the body, still using color to emphasize the pictures emotion.
In the foreground you have the beasts symbolizing sinfulness, attacking the people. I noticed a triadic scheme of colors in the background with yellow blue and red. I would say blue is the primary and the other two secondary. This painting holds a deeper meaning symbolizing heaven and hell, the colors help tell the story.
Very similar to the one before, Blake holds divine comedy in these works. I think this one has more of a split complimentary scheme to it, with more in-between tones. The darkness within the hills in the background brings a cold feel to it, but the people's expressions are mostly uppity.
This piece shows a lot of action, the dark shadows and colors contrast with the white horse's high energy. These artists were very good at using black as a element of mystery and wonder, this is my favorite piece from the bunch. You only see one little line of lightning and I think that shows that the horse has a quick trigger and it just adds to the suspense.
Another one with mostly dark tones, there's not a lot of saturated colors in this painting. The contrast between the break of the wave and everything else, shows the energy within the night and the true darkness of the sea. There's a strong leading line along the wave that brings your eye to the break in the sky, Conrads use of light and dark was surely thought about deeply.
This painting is different from the last few, containing brighter colors like blue, dark blue and orange. I'm not sure if there is a consistent scheme with this work, but the watercolor is distributed in such a way that it gives a dream like state feeling when I look at it.
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