Lady and red - John Watts

This gallery examines different styles of art with both women and the color red by various artists in different cultures and times. 

In The Loving Cup, we can see a highly detailed rendition of a woman in what appears to be a formal-type red dress drinking from a red cup. She is holding the lid with her other hand. The color pallet is pleasing and complementary. The image is highly contrasted. The tilting of her head and the placement of her arms seem to denote movement in the action of drinking from the cup.
This woman has very little detail. She appears to be sitting cross-legged. The brush strokes look hurried and give the appearance of texture on her top. She is static and appears to be somewhat forlorn. The bright red contrasts the off-white background to bring all the viewer's focus on her.
This piece captures the woman in her prime, she is wearing a red outfit with gold jewelry and headpiece. According to the J. Paul Getty Museum, in Egypt the color red was used to symbolize life and regeneration. The piece commemorates her death and shows her to be vibrant and alive with a slight happy grin. The material used is conformed to the organic shape of her body but also acts as part of the art itself with more gold trim almost as an additional head covering.
There are three women who all appear to be leisurely looking at a bird on a red string. All of them have red in their clothes as well in fitting with the theme. There appears to be gold flake and fine detail giving texture to the picture. If there is movement it is slow and deliberate in a flowing motion. The color scheme appear square with the red, gold, green and browns.
Here we see a very happy young woman in a red dress and hat contrasted against a brown, wooden background holding a white flower. The flower draws attention with it's contrast to the bright red dress. In Russia, red is often a symbol of communism, blood and life. Overall, the use of rounded lines seem to indicate a soothing happiness.
The red on this terracotta vase from Greece is a mistake. Instead of appearing black as intended, after firing it turned out red. This is a bust of a happy woman with rounded, smooth edges and a gentle texture on the vase. She has long features and rounded eyes and cheeks.
Here we see a tall figure of a woman from Africa. She is painted red. The figure is slightly crouching with arms in front in almost an angry stance. The facial expression and eyes denote anger as well. She has very long arms, legs and neck. In Africa red is often associated with death. Perhaps this figure is a warning.
This is a provocative portrait of a woman with a red cape. The cape is almost an afterthought. The deep red disappears into the background in the lower left. The rose in the woman's hair and her lips are also bright red and draw more attention to her face. This is from Slovakia which may indicate more European thoughts on the color red of promiscuity and lasciviousness.
This tapestry uses a warm, rich mixture of red, greens and browns with thick, purposeful outlines to accentuate each detailed flower and tree. The woman shown in red, holds a flower in her right hand and a fence row with her left. It is a calm garden scene. There doesn't appear to be specific symbolism with the red used other than to contrast her outfit from the surrounding garden.
The gentle movements of a dancing girl are captured in this painting. She appears to be dancing just inside a building near a courtyard where two other girls are conversing. She is holding a hooka hose and looks to sway about with a peaceful look on her face. Red is often a bridal color in India and also symbolizes purity.
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