|Color expert Dan Bartges is author of the book, "Color is Everything"
(www.coloriseverything.net). Visit his website at www.danbartges.com.
|Assignment 1 In A Series Of 10|
|ANSWERS TO SEPTEMBER'S
|Eastman Johnson (American, 1824–1906). A Ride for Liberty—The Fugitive Slaves, March 2, 1862. Oil on board; 21.5" x 26". Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Paul Mellon Collection. ©Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.|
|Color Scheme: Complementary|
|Dan Bartges. Spiderwort in a Bottle. Oil.|
|Color Scheme: Tetrad|
Q1: In A Ride for Liberty, what are two ways the painting conveys
A1: There are several, including the horse’s streaming mane and tail, the woman’s flowing dress and the galloping hooves.
Q2: What color scheme was used in Spiderwort in a Bottle?
A2: The four colors—orange with blue and red-violet with yellow-green—make a tetrad.
Q3: What’s the color scheme for Eastman Johnson’s A Ride for Liberty?
A3: Johnson used the popular complementary color scheme of blue and orange. The artist’s choice of contrasting colors helps underscore the painting’s thematic series of contrasts, including freedom versus slavery, day versus night and the future versus the past.
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