"BLACK AND WHITE, FROM MOURNING TO ETERNITY" - CHAPEL
Black and white are not considered colors and yet used as such by painters. Often symbolically associated as opposites, it is however distinctly that they appear in painting.
Black is widely used in Palaeolithic art, as evidenced by all the ornate caves. It became the colour of death and mourning in Roman times, what remained in the Middle Ages. A turning point began in the 15th century, when it became a privileged colour of aristocratic clothing, which remained until the end of the 17th century. After an eclipse in the following century, it was in the 19th century that painters such as Manet or Renoir made it a full-fledged color, in turn dramatic or brilliant. It is often opposed to white, which also has a long history in Western painting, but with more constancy as a symbol of faith, purity, light and eternity. As for contemporary art, it makes white its panache or its object of scandal like the famous monochrome white painting by Robert Ryman.
Cycle: Colour in Western Painting over Centuries
Colour. What a vast subject it plays a fundamental role in art! It is perhaps what we perceive in the first place in a work and, as Delacroix says, “colour is par excellence the part of art that holds the magical gift. While the subject, the form, the line address thought first, colour has no meaning for intelligence, but it has all the powers over sensitivity.”
This cycle proposes to take a careful look at the colors in Western painting over the centuries, selecting them one after the other to show the specific use according to the epochs.
Speaker: Marie-Laure Ruiz-Maugis, art historian in french
- The 05 June 2024 at 17:00