The Connotations of Colour


When looking for European paintings for sale there are a number of  features to a painting to consider. One of the most dominant features of a piece of artwork, however,  is colour. In the grand scheme of art, colour is a vital part of an artist’s ability to portray the exact feelings and emotions their piece wishes to  elicit in their audience.

The colour pallet offers a playpen of emotions awaiting the artists brush. The particular beauty of art is the number of ways a single painting can touch an individual, simply through the representation of colour.


Warm Colours

Warm colours span the range of fiery reds, sunny yellows and deep, warming oranges. An object may be described as  being ‘white hot’ though the colour itself carries heavy connotations of winter, ice and everything a dark December morning entails. These warming colours, however, can also carry emotional connotations.


People have a tendency of saying  that they ‘see red’ when their immersed in a fit of range. Though while the bold, primary colour can dominate an angry scene, it can also carry the heated connotation of passion and power. Deciding which emotion the colour is to represent falls upon the artists use of brushstroke and the scene being depicted.


In a worldwide point of view, yellow signifies happiness. Bright and bold, the primary colour boasts beautiful sunny days and laughter. Flowers painted yellow bring about the beauty of nature and brightens up an otherwise dark image. Alternatively, yellow can induce a sense of fear and sickness, especially when added generously to a particular image.


Orange holds the velocity of red tempered down with the gently warmth of yellow. It generally depicts a bold, vibrant, flamboyance in artwork, catching the attention of the audience with a vitality that refreshes the painting in a bold and confident manner.



Cold Colours

A cold winters landscape may touch the fabric of your memories with soft whites and greys tinted with crystal like blues and greens. They carry the deeper thoughts of an image, burying into the true meaning of a landscape or portrait to reveal the inner emotion of the piece and thus giving the audience a lot to wonder and marvel at. Some of the more favourite pieces of artwork are found to be those with a deeper symbolism to them than simple surface appearance.



From peace and tranquillity, to knowledge and power and to sadness and depression, the emotional connotations of blue are vast and powerful. The varied shades and tones of blue can signify a variety of emotional meaning an piece of artwork can thrive off of.


Traditionally black symbolises death and sadness, depicting images that carry a deeper, darker side to their seemingly innocent images. However, black can also carry the power, singling out certain features and highlighting depths to a piece of artwork that may have been otherwise overlooked. Adding sexuality and mystery into the darkness can amass powerful feelings form a single image, no matter how plain.


Green has represented jealousy and evil ever since Eve involved herself with the snake. It’s painted wicked witches in vile shades and transformed beautiful figures into a lovers jealous rage. Despite the power green holds it also represents life, luck and health, drawing on nature and the beauty of fertility.


When creating the perfect art piece yourself, or carefully selecting the perfect landscape for your home, be sure to take great care, to properly admire the piece, and to truly consider what the piece means to you.

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