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      Assignment 10 In A Series Of 10      
      Dan Bartges. Trout Pond, Early Morning. Oil.      
      Color Scheme: Triad      
      Stanislas Lépine (French, 1836–1892). The Dock at La Villette, Paris, ca. 1876–80. Oil on canvas; 20.125" x 36". Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. Photo: Katherine Wetzel. ©Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.      
      Color Scheme: Tetrad      

1Q: What color scheme did I use for Trout Pond, Early Morning?

1A: It's a triad using orange, green and violet. Note that in the waves in the foreground, I pushed the orange to the edge of becoming red-orange, creating some tension among the colors. Sometimes, a bit of color-scheme edginess will enhance a painting.

2Q: In the foreground of Lépine's The Dock at La Villette, Paris, are both men sitting in the rowboat?

2A: No, they are not. One is standing up. The rowboat is probably a water taxi, and the man standing is most likely a paying passenger, maybe the captain of one of the cargo ships.

3Q: What color scheme did Lépine choose for this painting?

3A: Although mostly complementary blues and oranges, the painting's color scheme is actually a tetrad, including greens and reds. Look carefully; the greens and reds are subtly, but effectively, intermingled throughout this superb painting.


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