The Compelling Color of Red

In this Art Gallery I have selected fifteen pieces of beautifully done artwork involving the color Red. The pictures I have chose demonstrate the emotional and physical power the color red brings to that specific piece of work.

My topic is about the color Red; and how many artists use the exact color to depict many different emotions or highlight a certain part of the picture they want the person to gaze upon. As you can see in this picture, the woman has a white cloth wrapped around her; I believe signifying innocence or a lower rank. Though as your eyes are more drawn towards the man. He is wrapped in a dark red cloth; symbolizing power which could possibly taint the woman's white quality. This picture is full of love and passion and possibly corruption.
In this picture is shows Marie-Antoinette caring after some children. The red in her dress makes you feel warmth and love. Along with her rosy red cheeks; it gives you some sense that she enjoys the attention the children are giving her. Symbolizing her love and delight for them.
Now in this certain piece of artwork, their is not a lot of color being represented in the calm scenery. Yet, the color red can be found in the background suggesting the coming of night time, or the rise of the sun for morning. Though as my grandmother always said, "Red sky at night Sailors delight; red sky at morning Sailors warning."
In this painting by Mina Arndt, you instantly see a woman partly shadowed by a bright red hat. Her cheeks glow with a certain warm red that brings out the shape of her cheek bones. The beautifully, brightly colored hat that she is wearing really catches your eye. They way the artist has done most of the painting with very plain colors really makes the hat stand out. It really gives her a certain quality of beauty about her.
First, I would like to say that I love ancient textiles. The brilliant colors, shapes, and stories that take place within them are truly memorizing. The red in this one is really compelling and draws you forward. The creature in the middle seems to be filled with menacing power; which make other gods bellow him look up to him. This is truly a compelling piece.
The red in this piece signifies beauty and grace. The way the beautiful woman are dressed in this stunning color; while being surrounded by fleshy pastel colors, really makes them the main focus of this work. For even their beauty is brighter than the sun that is pictured in the background.
I really like this peice right here. Upon first seeing it, the sight of the snake gazing upon the bird like prey is a bit uneasing. Though, when you look at the graceful red bird you notice it hasn't even seen the snake and simply continues to feed. The strong, confident emotions that come from this work are greatly influenced just by the stature and color of this compelling bird.
I believe this is one of the more powerful pieces within my gallery. The portrait is done in great quality; though the background and the mans clothes have been muted of any bright colors. So naturally your eyes are drawn the the slightly red hat slumped lazily upon the old man. With that hat drawing you instantly to the old mans face you can see the time the old man has seen and been through. Many lines crease his face, all telling their own stories of the many years he's lived.
The red in this picture is highlighting the knight's coat of arms on his shield and the cloak he wears over his armor. The suggested theme shows that he has probably done a great honor and is being represented by it. The bright colors probably also means that he is of high stature; and is proud of who he represents when he goes into battle.
In the "Annunciation," a woman is cloaked in a dark red dress that probably addresses royalty; though she radiates a quality of composure and warmth when visited by a god. The god is cloaked in more of a orange like red, rather than the dark warmth of the woman's dress. Yet instead of radiating composure, he radiates power and strength. Something that commends the woman to do as he says and not as she wills.
The red being used in this specific piece would most likely mean destruction and death upon that very day. It fills you with sort of a fear and darkness. The people running and screaming for what may come really brings out the power in the color; even though it's only slightly used within the background. With the right color and amount, you can gain the attention of the audience and hold it for a while.
The three woman in the portrait are all very well done, the colors are bright and suggest a calm and serene scene being represented on the canvas. Though the woman in the middle wears the beautiful red fabric, making her beauty more entrancing than the other two. That is probably why she is sitting and they are simply kneeling by her side; wishing for her strength and power she represents.
This piece evokes many emotions when gazing upon it's tragic scene. The damage and destruction litters the canvas; browns, blacks and whites making the scene seem more tragic; yet the slight color of red in one mans coat seems to give the scene a little bit more hope.
Red was not only used in many paintings or drawings, but also in advertising. As you look back at many magazines or souvenir books, you'll notice a lot of the texts are in red. Probably because that specific color is what attracts the audience more. So in the end more money is made when the right color is chosen to advertise.
In this lobby card, the devil is being shown; drowned in the color red. Then man and woman coward beneath him; debating whether to approach and attack. This scene radiates terror, and how red can mean a lot of cruel and horrible things.