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      Assignment 5 In A Series Of 10      
      John Singer Sargent (American; 1856–1925). The Sketchers, 1914. Oil on canvas; 22" x 28". Virgina Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. The Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund. ©Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.      
      Color scheme: Tetrad      
      Dan Bartges. Summer Flowers. Oil.      
      Color scheme: Complementary      

Q1: What color scheme was used for Summer Flowers?

A1: I used three pairs of complements: blue with orange, red with green, and violet with yellow.

Q2: In The Sketchers, how does Sargent confine our interest to the two artists in the scene?

A2: Sargent cleverly used the foliage and umbrella to block our view of the surrounding countryside, so the two painters are the only subjects that are clearly visible.

Q3: What's the color scheme for The Sketchers?

A3: Sargent employed a lively tetrad of blue with orange and green with red.


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