|Red Canna, 1924, Georgia O'Keeffe. The artist's magnified flower paintings have often been associated with female genitalia, bearing strong, yet discrete, sexual overtones.|
|Red Studio, 1911, Henri Matisse|
|The Cardinal, 1510, Raphael|
|Harlequin Seated before a Red Background,|
Harlequins and traveling performers were common subjects during Picasso's Rose Period. He identified strongly with these characters and their stories. He continued painting them throughout his career. A few years later (1946), Jackson Pollock with his Red Composition (below, left) managed to upstage a deep red ground by using overlaid fireworks of yellow and smears of blue and black. In May, 2012, Mark Rothko's 1961 painting, Orange Red Yellow (below, right) set an auction record for the artist. Christie’s New York sold the work, which had been in a private collection since 1967, for a total of $86.9 million, more than double its low range estimate of $35 – $45 million. And finally, in our own century (2008), we find our old friend, Peter Max, apparently floating on a sea of red with his Runner on Red Ver. II #2 (below).
|Red Composition, 1946,|
|Orange Red Yellow,|
|Runner on Red Ver. II #2, 2008, Peter Max|
|If; you think the colors above seem to have all been originated by fashion designers, |
you wouldn't be far off.
For the layman, the is probably more than you ever wanted to know about the color red. For the artist, such technical material may be of help in choosing which of the many red pigments to use, and may, in fact, save no small sum in buying. them.
|I think this is a photo, but in painting from it,|
one might want to use all the red pigments