The Art of Color Storytelling

Using color to tell a story is a unique, and fun way for artists to have fun. One color, and a few brush strokes is all you need sometimes. Some artists like to use too much color, and some only use one or two colors. Color brings paintings to life, and sets certain moods for the viewers. It can also attract, and amuse people as well. 

Deer in the Forest I, Franz Marc, 1913, From the collection of: The Phillips Collection
The colors created a forest type scene. There are a lot of lines creating trees also. These colors tell a story of the forest.
Shore with Red House, Edvard Munch, 1904, From the collection of: The Munch Museum, Oslo
Lots of colors were used to show objects in the painting. Red was used for the barn and bridge when cool and warm colors were used for the water and giant rocks. Colors show it is during the day.
The Painter and His Model, Leonardas Gutauskas, 2010, From the collection of: Modern Art Center / Modernaus Meno Centras
There is not a lot to see here besides color. Color gives this painting personality.
Self-Portrait, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), 1887, From the collection of: The Art Institute of Chicago
There is a lot of color used in this painting. The colors show texture of the coat and beard. Different brush strokes were used for the background. Color strokes creating the portrait is cool to me.
Burning Desire Four, Mohammad Din Mohammad, 2000, From the collection of: National Heritage Board, Singapore
There are lots of colors used creating an abstract like form of something. It looks like a fire. Using colors like yellow, blue, and red gives it that fire look along with the brush strokes.
Pleasant Landscape 1193, Kim, Ik Mo, 2011, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
I think the artist is trying to celebrate love. There are two objects using different types of pinks with a blue back ground making the objects stand out. The objects look like hearts. Story of love?
Doubt-Tears2, Yang, Dae Won, 양대원, 2007, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
Only eight colors were used to paint this piece creating a meaning or story.
The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh, 1889, From the collection of: MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
Lots of blues and yellows were used to create movement in the night skye. These colors were also used for the scenery giving it that night time look. Tells us the story of The Starry Night.
The Scream, Edvard Munch, 1910, From the collection of: The Munch Museum, Oslo
Lots of colors were used to create the background. The time period in this piece looks to be the evening time. Brush strokes of color creating a scene, or story.
Untitled, Os Gêmeos, 2010, From the collection of: MAM, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo
There is a lot going on here in terms of color. This really makes the scene pop out more.
Three girls in yellow straw hats I, August Macke, 1913, From the collection of: Gemeentemuseum
Simple strokes of color were used to create the scene. You can not see the faces. Just shadows of color.
Perezosa (Idle Woman), Daniel Hernández Morillo, 1906, From the collection of: MALI, Museo de Arte de Lima
Color is used to show off the fabric of the dress and sheets. Clearly shows the texture.
Gogh van Cruijf, Uriginal, 2013-12-13, From the collection of: Street Art Museum Amsterdam
Color blocks were used to create a face on a wall.
Sunset 15, Diego Rivera, 1956, From the collection of: Museo Dolores Olmedo
warm and dark colors were used to created a sun set scene on the ocean.
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