Color schemes of Vincent Van Gogh

This new series on RudeColor is an attempt to understand the color vocabulary of Masters such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse – artists who have changed our perception of color and form.

Van Gogh’s use of color shows a deliberate attempt to capture mood and emotion rather than a realistic visual portrayal.  His techniques included tiny pointillist dots to thick sculptural strokes to showcase still life, a lit street or expansive fields.  His works exhibit a preference for orange and chrome set against a background of bright blue.  In his own words, “…I come even to orange tones, chromes and pale yellow … I make a plain background of the richest, intensest blue that I can contrive, and by this simple combination of the bright head against the rich blue background, I get a mysterious effect, like a star in the depths of an azure sky.”

We have put together two mood boards that feature the color schemes of Vincent Van Gogh.







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