Using Color for Emphasis
Throughout this unit, you have investigated the many ways that elements and principles can be combined to create interesting and powerful artwork. By using contrasting colors, or colors that are opposite each other, an area of the piece is emphasized. For example, placing a fruit that is painted in warm colors against a background of cool colors creates a high level of contrast and grabs the viewer’s attention, as shown in the following image.
The Peppermint Bottle
by Paul Cezanne
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
Like with this example, any time that complementary colors, or colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel, are used together, there will be a dramatic and powerful effect. These color combinations include red and green, violet and yellow, and blue and orange. In addition, when black and white are used together, the same dynamic effect occurs.
Review the use of emphasis in different elements and principles of art. Select the image and complete the Emphasis: Identifying interactive review.