I adore red art .. it fires up your home and keeps it alive and interesting.
About the color red
The red colour is at the end of the spectrum next to orange and opposite violet.
Synonyms for red include: scarlet, vermilion, maroon, burgundy, crimson, ruby-red, cherry-red, cerise, cardinal, carmine, wine-coloured, claret, blood-red .. I am sure there are many more you can think of!
The color red has numerous meanings. It is the color of extremes – of energy, passion and action. It is also the color of anger.
Our prehistoric ancestors saw red as the color of fire and blood – energy and primal life forces.
Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure.
Red is the color most chosen by extroverts and one of the top picks of males.
Making the color red
From Wikipedia: Red was widely used in prehistoric cave art, made with red hematite or iron oxide, or red ochre. Early civilizations in China, the Middle East and Europe made red dyes from the madder plant or from the a tiny insect called the kermes vermilio, Civilizations in the Americas made brilliant reds from another scale insect, the cochineal, Ancient Chinese artists during the Han Dynasty used dye from the madder plant to color silk and pigments from lead oxide to color pottery.
In 1826 the organic compound alizarin, the coloring ingredient of madder, was discovered and in 1848 it was synthesized; it was cheaper and made a more lasting color, and quickly replaced natural vegetable dyes. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the German chemical industry invented two new synthetic red pigments: cadmium red, which was the color of natural vermilion, and Mars red, which was a synthetic red ochre.
From a House&Home interview with Bobbie Burgers:
I have been wanting to paint in a deep, saturated ox blood colour for the last couple of years, and finally didn’t shy away from the purity of this colour, it is completely primal. I tend to like larger works, I find that they are all consuming and unavoidable. Whether you like them or dislike them, they are present and it makes the viewer present.
Anish Kapoor talks about red. In conversation with Nicholas Baume:
I use red a lot. I’ve gone so far as to title a work My Red Homeland. It’s true that in Indian culture red is a powerful thing; it is the color a bride wears; it is associated with the matriarchal, which is central to Indian psychology. So I can see what leads me there culturally, but there’s more to it.
One of the ways color has been used in art since the eighteenth century is to move, as in Turner, from color to light. My tendency is to go from color to darkness. Red has a very powerful blackness. This overt color, this open and visually beckoning color, also associates itself with a dark interior world. And that’s the real reason I’m interested in it.
You can read more quirky facts about red at Sensational Color.
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