Bleu: The color blue in art

A Gallery: By Emma Harris

This painting by Renoir uses blue as a contrast to the focal point of Guernsey. The painting focuses on a french town being blocked by fog. Renoir used oil on canvas with thick brush strokes, to create a foggy effect. He used the blue to contrast the bright town and is used to depict water, and show fog.
"The Bridge at Le Pecq" by Derain is an oil on canvas. This painting was chosen for my gallery because of its use of blue to contrast the town. Derain uses blue to contrast the bridge from the town by shading with multiple different vibrant blues,oranges and greens creating a split complimentary.
"A Sunday on La Grande Jatte" is an oil on canvas that uses a tetrad of red, green, orange, and blue. I chose this piece for my gallery because of the tone the painting represents, a serene environment. The cool tones in the blues and greens provide the viewer a relaxing atmosphere.
I choose "Marc Chagall's Ceiling for the Paris Opera" because of how defined it was, and also how relevant it is. You can still see how blue shows power and wealth in the panel, by its ability to stand out amongst all of the other colours.
"The Beach at Sainte-Adresse" an oil on canvas uses multiple blue tones to provide a tranquil tone. Monet uses a very bright ocean blue to draw the eyes to the middle of the piece and then around the coast back to the people in the front.
This Illuminated Manuscript uses blue as a point of interest. The viewer see's multiple blues in the decorations and artwork around the script.
"Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare" is another piece by Monet, that uses multiple shades of blues and greens to show Monet's interest in agents of industrial change.
I chose this stained glass window because it shows the colour blue in multiple different shades to depict a scene.
The Blue in "Paris Street; Rainy Day" helps depict rain, and provides a gloomy tone overall in the piece. I chose this because I really enjoyed the perspective and contrast used in this painting.
"Initial D: David Pointing to His Mouth" is an illuminated manuscript dating back to 1205. I choose this for my gallery because of the use of blue. You can see the blue cape the man of power is wearing, and that is symbol right there for Blue is power, wealth, and riches.
I chose the "Central Vase" because of its use of blue, and its status. The vase symbolized wealth and riches, and was created with another piece showing Venus and Calypso.
I choose "Women at the Races" because of the lady in blue. During the 1800's only the wealthy people went to watch horse races, and you could tell that they wore bright frilly dresses to hold meaning of power, and wealth.
I chose "The Bay of Marseilles, Seen from L'Estaque" because of its use of contrast perspective, and colors. This oil on canvas, draws the viewer around a serene view, by taking them around the bay and then into the deep blue water.
I chose "On the Boat" by Claude Monet to show in my gallery because of the defined blues, and whites in this painting. I thought it was very interesting monet used blue for every part of this painting.
I chose "springtime" because of its use of perspective, contrast, and the color blue. I immediately was drawn to the rivee then back into the dark blue hills.
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