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Colour explosion

The use of colour is a central element of any artist's work. It is a vital component, without which the work of art could not exist. With the passing of time and artistic movements, the uses and meanings attributed to colour have evolved, from the mixing of pigment to the harmony of the painting and even works whose key theme is colour.

Colour manipulation is a learning process that every artist must master in order to access the infinite variations of colour. The restoration of paintings is a science that requires a molecular knowledge to work out the colours and mixtures used by the original artist. Throughout the history of art, colours have taken on various meanings: white is the colour of purity and chastity, gold of wealth and nobility, blue of justice and wisdom and red of strength and courage. These connotations are still present in our conception of colours today. Additionally, colours can be divided into three categories: warm, cool and neutral tones. As their names suggest, these categories of colour exude an atmosphere that painters try to convey in their work.

The master manipulation of colour in Baroque art juxtaposes warm and cool colours to capture the power of the human form. The impact of the colours is elevated by the effects of the light. Originally, artists tried to replicate the colours of their surrounding environment, remaining faithful to the colours of reality. Then came the Impressionists who only used primary and complementary colours, and did not mix them at all. Even the shadows were portrayed by bright colours, only becoming shadows in the eye of the spectator alone, thus introducing a special relationship between the work and the viewer.

During that period, colour was still an indispensable tool for artists. In addition to being their working medium, it is also what allowed them to highlight their art, playing on perceptions, shadows, contours and light. It represented the very essence of their art without it ever being the primary focus of a piece. It is not until subjective, abstract paintings came along, that artists began to devote themselves to colour rather than a physical subject. Mondrian worked with the approach of evoking the very essence of nature through the purity of primary colours to achieve abstraction. Equally, the founder of the Russian avant-garde Suprematism movement Malevitch, disturbed everyone's senses with Suprematist Composition: White on White. He abandoned convention to reach a pure pictorial sensibility where the portrayal of colour is purely for its own purpose. Whereas, Rothko, a precursor of Colour Field and Abstract Expressionism movements, saw his paintings as living organisms whose colour had a human quality that transcended the format. 

Contemporary art, photography, collage and Pop Art also explore the seemingly infinite possibilities of colour. As Picasso once said: 'when I don't have blue, I use red'. In this collection Artsper presents a colour filled theme of intense, saturated tones to fight against the monotony of the everyday.


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Peter Klasen, Manette verte / ZS, Painting

Peter Klasen

Manette verte / ZS, 2017
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$4,396

Our recommendations Andy Warhol, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Print

Andy Warhol

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, 1985
48 x 40 x 1 inch
Print

$60,000

Our recommendations David Ferreira, Prise de tête, Painting

David Ferreira

Prise de tête, 2019
59.1 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,198

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Couleur additive série 14, Painting

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Couleur additive série 14, 2009
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$75,190

Alekos Fassianos, Le chevalier à deux chevaux, Painting

Alekos Fassianos

Le chevalier à deux chevaux, 2016
33.1 x 23.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$25,449

Maud Vantours, Triangles #18, Drawing

Maud Vantours

Triangles #18, 2018
48.4 x 32.7 inch
Drawing

$6,478

Viviane Perez-Lorenzo, Rythme, Painting

Viviane Perez-Lorenzo

Rythme, 2016
31.9 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$677 $752

Goddog, Ghost World, Painting

Goddog

Ghost World, 2018
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,545

Our recommendations John Matos Crash, Untitled, Painting

John Matos Crash

Untitled, 2014
20.1 x 20.1 x 2 inch
Painting

$5,784

MadC, 90's Galore, Print

MadC

90's Galore, 2019
9.8 x 9.8 inch
Print

$174

Alessandra Bisi, Pink Urban Flowers (Mondo si collection works), Print

Alessandra Bisi

Pink Urban Flowers (Mondo si collection works), 2018
14.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$272

Jeremy Dickinson, Minibus Evolution, Painting

Jeremy Dickinson

Minibus Evolution, 2004
10 x 15.9 x 1 inch
Painting

$4,300

Christine Drummond, Luzes no morro, Painting

Christine Drummond

Luzes no morro, 2019
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,114

Our recommendations Eva Prieto, Sky line, Painting

Eva Prieto

Sky line, 2018
28.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,475 $1,967

Alexander Grahovsky, Rocksteady, Painting

Alexander Grahovsky

Rocksteady, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$2,892

Our recommendations Scalarudgia, Sans Titre, Painting

Scalarudgia

Sans Titre, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,355

Katie Guittard, Sainte Catherine revisité de Botticelli, Painting

Katie Guittard

Sainte Catherine revisité de Botticelli, 2019
33.5 x 24 inch
Painting

$1,388

Guy Mansuy, Sans titre - image 004, Drawing

Guy Mansuy

Sans titre - image 004, 2018
11.4 x 7.7 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$2,314

Mengyao Guo, 11 City Plan series: Guangzhou No 6, Painting

Mengyao Guo

11 City Plan series: Guangzhou No 6, 2015
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,600

MobiClint, Be Quiet, Painting

MobiClint

Be Quiet, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Painting

$925

Vincent Bardou, Flamingo, Sculpture

Vincent Bardou

Flamingo, 2020
31.5 x 16.5 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,314

Our recommendations Claude Viallat, Vacances bleues (jaune), Print

Claude Viallat

Vacances bleues (jaune), 2008
47.2 x 45.3 inch
Print

$2,314

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Sitges 4, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Sitges 4, 2012
39.4 x 9.8 inch
Print

$4,049

Caroline Vis, Identité Huile XL, Painting

Caroline Vis

Identité Huile XL, 2016
39.4 x 63 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,776

Capocci, Kangourou, Sculpture

Capocci

Kangourou, 2014
11.8 x 5.9 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,041

Jonathan Pradillon, Texture couteau multicolore, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Texture couteau multicolore, 2020
24 x 19.7 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$162

Stephanie Rivet, Flow 53- Pastel, Painting

Stephanie Rivet

Flow 53- Pastel, 2019
48 x 48 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,470

Paul Picka, Yellow Song, Painting

Paul Picka

Yellow Song, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$376

Jacqueline Schäfer, Strange Bird 4M, Sculpture

Jacqueline Schäfer

Strange Bird 4M, 2018
7.9 x 7.9 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$139

Françoise Nielly, Kim, Print

Françoise Nielly

Kim, 2020
47.2 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Print

$1,040

Paul Picka, Zero gravity, Painting

Paul Picka

Zero gravity, 2019
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,049

Raphaël Laventure, Live Your Dreams, Painting

Raphaël Laventure

Live Your Dreams, 2019
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$9,370

Joëlle Kem Lika, Fleurs Bouquet 17, Painting

Joëlle Kem Lika

Fleurs Bouquet 17, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$335

Our recommendations Michael Grine, Imp I, Painting

Michael Grine

Imp I, 2012
8 x 8 x 0.75 inch
Painting

$60

Jacques Monory, Rolls Royce, Print

Jacques Monory

Rolls Royce, 1980
38.2 x 30.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$567

Sonia Delaunay, Automne, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Automne, 1965
35.9 x 25.9 x 0.1 inch
Print

$20,648 $24,292

Aloyzas Smilingis, Still Life With Palette (Peinture Semi-abstraite), Painting

Aloyzas Smilingis

Still Life With Palette (Peinture Semi-abstraite), 1974
45.7 x 31.9 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$5,848

Our recommendations Olivier Debré, Signe paysage rouge, Print

Olivier Debré

Signe paysage rouge, 1989
22 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,041

Els Knockaert, Léa, Painting

Els Knockaert

Léa, 2020
11.8 x 35.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,082

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu, Rainbow, les éléphants accouchent, Painting

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu

Rainbow, les éléphants accouchent, 2017
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$6,362

Our recommendations Jeremy Dickinson, Mixed Plant Wall, Painting

Jeremy Dickinson

Mixed Plant Wall, 2006
20.1 x 32.3 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$7,000

Muriel Matt, Chat à faim 177, Painting

Muriel Matt

Chat à faim 177, 2019
47.2 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,933

Els Knockaert, L'Envol, Painting

Els Knockaert

L'Envol, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.8 inch
Painting

$2,892

Victoria Horkan, If You Weren't My Facebook Friend, Painting

Victoria Horkan

If You Weren't My Facebook Friend, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,572

Okuda, Pamela, Painting

Okuda

Pamela, 2019
55.1 x 55.1 x 2 inch
Painting

$17,930

Yannis Davy Guibinga, Pigments 4, Photography

Yannis Davy Guibinga

Pigments 4, 2020
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,735

Yannis Davy Guibinga, Red Woman VI, Photography

Yannis Davy Guibinga

Red Woman VI, 2018
29.5 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,735

Vittoretti, L'Essence-Ciel, Sculpture

Vittoretti

L'Essence-Ciel, 2017
26 x 22 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,041

Muriel Matt, Whoopsidaisies, Painting

Muriel Matt

Whoopsidaisies, 2019
39.4 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,967

Anne Maillet, Les arbres blancs, Painting

Anne Maillet

Les arbres blancs, 2018
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$93

Betsy Enzensberger, Tropical Vacation Trio, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Tropical Vacation Trio, 2020
5.9 x 15.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$914

Hanna Gasiorowska, Fish (Rybki), Painting

Hanna Gasiorowska

Fish (Rybki), 2018
47.2 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,388

Daniela Pasqualini, Émergence III, Painting

Daniela Pasqualini

Émergence III, 2019
36 x 36 x 1 inch
Painting

$2,200

Alexandre Bavard, Neo-K19 #2, Sculpture

Alexandre Bavard

Neo-K19 #2, 2019
5.5 x 10.2 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$752

Iszchan Nazarian, The Painter, Painting

Iszchan Nazarian

The Painter, 2009
39.4 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$2,314

La Fabrique du Sourire, Sourire pour tous, Drawing

La Fabrique du Sourire

Sourire pour tous, 2016
8.3 x 5.9 inch
Drawing

$289

Véronique Boisvert (Vé Boisvert), Vivre sa passion, Painting

Véronique Boisvert (Vé Boisvert)

Vivre sa passion, 2019
40.2 x 40.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,619

Anna Masiul-Gozdecka, I need dreams to live, Painting

Anna Masiul-Gozdecka

I need dreams to live, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,082

Anna Masiul-Gozdecka, The Book of Emotions, Painting

Anna Masiul-Gozdecka

The Book of Emotions, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,272

Fredi Gertsch, Just we two, Painting

Fredi Gertsch

Just we two, 2020
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,516

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