color blue as a symbol of melancholy and intensity

The use of the color blue may be used to represent intense and deep feelings, sometimes without using words this color can generate extraordinary pensive paintings.

Portrait of Mohamed Darouich al Allousi, Abdul Qadir al-Rassam, 1924, From the collection of: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
The color blue in this portrait makes the character have a sense of seriousness and solemnity. It gives the audience a sense of respect for the character portrayed.
Snowwhite in the wrong Story, Marlene Dumas, 1988, From the collection of: Bonnefantenmuseum
The color blue is predominant in this mural, the posture and expression of the characters makes it appear melancholic and mournful.
Breezy Day, Tugboats, New York Harbor, William James Glackens (American, 1870–1938), ca. 1910, From the collection of: Milwaukee Art Museum
The color blue, used to enhance sea landscapes can also enhance the experience by making the landscape appear serene and calmed.
Herakut detail 1, Herakut, 2012-04-29/2012-05-06, From the collection of: All City Canvas
The color blue in this street art work makes the audience enhance with the character and it gives you the idea that she's in an unfortunate situation, because of the coldness of the portrait.
Interesni detail 1, Interesni Kazki, 2012-04-29/2012-05-06, From the collection of: All City Canvas
Ronald Reagan, Aaron Shikler, 1980, From the collection of: Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
The portrait of the former president Ronald Reagan makes him appear solemn in spite of the pose and the attire he's using, it makes him look important.
Status 2, Tan Ping, 2007, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Abstract art can explain a lot just by the color used. In this case, the color blue that covers the whole canvas makes the painting look moody.
The Little Village Girl with Red Carnation, Adolfo Guiard, 1903, From the collection of: Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao
The portrait of this girl painted in cold colors and predominantly, in blue, makes her look intense and at the same time, the landscape where she's at gives you a cold sensation.
El cho (The Ship’s Boy), Adolfo Guiard, 1887, From the collection of: Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao
This is another portrait of a person close to the sea, the mere fact that the colors used are cold colors, makes the character appear thoughtful.
Conveying a Child's Coffin, Albert Edelfelt, 1879, From the collection of: Ateneum Art Museum
The seriousness in this portrait may be because of the use of blue and a cold palette, it gives the audience the feeling that the characters are traveling with low spirits.
Title Unknown, Abdullah al-Muharraqi, 1967, From the collection of: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
In this case, the color blue is fighting against warm colors, but the main image looks eminent because of the use of blue.
The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh, 1889, From the collection of: MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
This classic painting couldn't not have had the gloomy and melancholic effect it has without the use of the color blue, it clearly states that the landscape is serene and it also represents the night.
Boats on the Danube, Aleksandar Kumrić, 1942, From the collection of: The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection
In this case, the use of the color blue makes the scene look a little more cheerful, because it's a little brighter and intense.
13 Attempts to Become a Rooster - 2, Wolfgang Lettl, 1978, From the collection of: Lettl Collection
The use of the color blue in this image, gives a clear idea that the action is taking place at night and gives a sense of ceremonial feeling and intensity.
13 Attempts to Become a Rooster - 3, Wolfgang Lettl, 1978, From the collection of: Lettl Collection
This cold portrait is a clear representation of how the color blue and cold colors can express cheerless sensations without using words.
The Challenge, Wolfgang Lettl, 2003, From the collection of: Lettl Collection
The color blue in this portrait makes it appear imposive, stern and somber. Gives a sense of intensity with very few colors.
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