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Love is all, Onemizer

Love is all

Onemizer

Painting - 200 x 200 x 3 cm

$120,000

Minimal data center & Sea Sunset, Marion Sagon

Minimal data center & Sea Sunset

Marion Sagon

Painting - 80 x 80 x 2 cm

$3,378

Grand bleu, Jéko

Grand bleu

Jéko

Painting - 65 x 50 x 0.2 cm

$1,267

Matter & Air 3, Liora

Matter & Air 3

Liora

Painting - 60 x 30 x 2 cm

$528

Lune de jour, Goddog

Lune de jour

Goddog

Painting - 119 x 99.5 x 2 cm

$2,956

Christmas gifts 2023 / Serie 25 No. 135297, Caroline Vis

Christmas gifts 2023 / Serie 25 No. 135297

Caroline Vis

Painting - 18 x 25 x 2 cm

$845

Water meets Fire - Large Colorful Vivid Abstract Painting, Tiberiu Soos

Water meets Fire - Large Colorful Vivid Abstract Painting

Tiberiu Soos

Painting - 80 x 140 x 4 cm

$1,161

My Kid Just Ruined My Basquiat (Jackson Pollock version), Ziegler T

My Kid Just Ruined My Basquiat (Jackson Pollock version)

Ziegler T

Painting - 80 x 60 x 4 cm

$950

Cha céréale #1, Chanoir

Cha céréale #1

Chanoir

Painting - 30 x 20 x 7 cm

$950

Blue velvet, Nef

Blue velvet

Nef

Painting - 30 x 30 x 0.3 cm

$528 $475

Neptune, Stoz

Neptune

Stoz

Painting - 60 x 60 x 3.5 cm

$475

Ouverture 217, Toxic

Ouverture 217

Toxic

Fine Art Drawings - 36 x 51 x 0.3 cm

$3,695

View from the outside. Eyes, Ljubow Jung

View from the outside. Eyes

Ljubow Jung

Painting - 70 x 50 x 2 cm

$1,075 $967

Beginnings Again, Toxic

Beginnings Again

Toxic

Painting - 156 x 130 x 0.3 cm

$24,280

The rising sunshine, SISC

The rising sunshine

SISC

Painting - 100 x 80 cm

$1,478

Le poisson, Yrak

Le poisson

Yrak

Painting - 100 x 150 cm

$4,434

Fleur 20, Xiu

Fleur 20

Xiu

Painting - 59 x 19 x 1 cm

$633 $570

Bonhom'bidule Transparent 2, VHE

Bonhom'bidule Transparent 2

VHE

Painting - 40 x 28 x 1 cm

$106

Colored artworks

The work of color is central in any artistic work. It is even one of the first tools of the artist. It is difficult to imagine a work that would exist without the working of color - even if it is the absence of color that the artist chooses to present. 

Through the ages and artistic movements, the use and meaning attributed to color evolves, but the essence of color remains the same. Every artist must master the properties of color in order to control his composition. In the restoration of paintings, color even becomes a science, because it is necessary to know the different molecules to find the colors and mixtures originally used by the artist. 

In the history of art, the importance of color fluctuates according to periods and geographical areas. During the Italian Renaissance, for example, there was a debate (called Paragone) between the authority of color versus drawing: according to the schools, it is the color, and not the line, that creates the emotion and visual power of a work of art. The colors thus take on an immense importance, and assume certain meanings: white symbolizes purity for example, and blue (systematically used to clothe the Virgin Mary) is associated with divinity. These symbols are not thought of randomly: the purple for example, is used since the Byzantine era to signify the highest rank of royalty. Unlike ochre, the purple pigment came from a specific shell, and was extremely difficult - and therefore rare, and expensive - to obtain.

More generally, colors can be divided into three categories: warm, cool, and neutral. As their name implies, these classes of colors give off an atmosphere that the painter can use to influence the emotion of his work. Baroque art, for example, manipulates the contrasts between warm and cold colors to capture the power of bodies. The play of light is exalted by the effects of color. For a long time, the traditional Western school of painting required painters to reproduce the colors of the environment around them. It was the Impressionists, in the 19th century, who explored other ways of seeing - and therefore of transcribing on canvas - their chromatic environment. By avoiding complex mixtures and painting spontaneously, in the open air, the Impressionists reinvented the use of color to reproduce reality.

It was not until abstract and subjective painting that art devoted itself to color as a subject. Mark Rothko, precursor of the Colorfield Painting movement and of abstract expressionism, sees in his paintings a living organism whose color is human and whose format is transcendent. Piet Mondrian, on the other hand, sought in his paintings to approach the very essence of nature through the purity of primary colors, to achieve abstraction. The founder of the Russian avant-garde movement of Suprematism, Kasimir Malevich, will disturb the senses of everyone with his work "White square on white background", in which the color is painted only for itself. Contemporary art, photography, collage, or pop art also use in their respective ways the resources of color, exploring indefinitely all its pluralities. As Picasso said, "When I have no blue, I use red." 

Artsper writes art in color: discover below a great selection of works that honor color and its properties. What better way to brighten up an interior? 

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