For January’s original art of the month, we have chosen a selection of artworks that speak to us and comfort our souls, whether through more sombre, reflective themes or bright, multi-coloured artworks that bring some light into a dull January.
Artists throughout history have applied the colour of blue within their work to evoke feelings of sadness, coupled with dramatic compositions and mediums.
Edvard Munch’s famous painting ‘The Scream’ has been commended for centuries on its relatable depiction of mental illness whilst Pablo Picasso’s ‘Blue Period’ has become one of the best examples of artistic turmoil in the world. Using monochromatic colours of blue and green, Picasso characterised his early paintings from 1901-1904 with subjects of pain and struggle that millions of people have connected with over history for their very vivid representation of grief and depression.
Even contemporary artists, like Tracy Emin, apply blue as a vehicle to express darker feelings in their art, allowing a viewer to find a deeper connection with an artwork through a shared, difficult experience.
However, after darkness comes light. A time of renewed happiness and growth followed Picasso’s ‘Blue Period’, with carnival themes and a far more cheerful colour spectrum of red and pink tones, referred to as his ‘Rose Period’.
Vividly colourful paintings like these have been known to instantly boost our serotonin levels, particularly the colour yellow, and history suggests that artists feel this way too! Vincent Van Gogh appeared to love yellow and even during the most difficult times in his life he applied vibrant colours of yellow across his landscapes and still life paintings to evoke feelings of joy and sunshine. Even today, thousands of tourists visit his sunflower paintings and starry skies hoping to experience feelings of wonder and excitement.
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