Colour Recession and Negative Space

Topics: Vincent van Gogh, Impressionism, Fauvism Pages: 2 (341 words) Published: February 27, 2014
Colour recession & Negative space
“The Sower” Vincent Van Gogh, painted in 1888. He uses a silhouette to represent the raising of ordinary people and the sun creating a halo over his head. He also uses colour recession because there are colour opposites present. Positive space is the tree and the sower, the background is the negative space.

“Sunflowers” Vincent Van Gogh painted in 1888. It’s not necessarily big on positive and negative space, but it is great for colour opposites and recession as it is r the blue background is receding.

“Harmony in Read” Matisse in 1908. The window is the negative space and there are colour opposites present. It is almost abstract and everything is flattened out by the patterns of the tablecloth and the wall paper. You could argue that any painting is abstract because its just nice shapes and colours. below is the image of the painting front way up and upside down and you can see how abstract it looks.

“The dancers” Matisse in 1910. This is a great example of colour opposites and the positive and negative shapes of the dancers.

“The Railway” Manet in 1873. This negative attitude toward black, especially during Matisse’s career, must have its origins in the late 19th century after the rise of Impressionism. The little girl sees through the imprisoning bars "the promise of greater freedom as she grows up." In contrast, her older companion's "reflective melancholy seems to bind her to her past.”

“Line over form” Mondrian in the early 1900s. In my opinion this painting shows no colour recession because even though there are opposite colours and the black lines create positive and negative space, it doesn’t have an illusion of a 3D surface. It looks like a 2D grid with no colour recession present.

“Impresión al atardecer” Claude Monet in 1872. The black boats are the negative space because they are in silhouette’s. There is also colour recession because the red sun appears to be coming towards us. The red sun...
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