"PINK, FROM DISCRETION TO BOLDNESS" - CHAPEL
Pink was particularly discreet in painting for centuries, until it burst onto the scene in the 18th century, becoming the colour par excellence of the Rococo period. Pink was particularly championed by Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV. In painting, pink was the colour of refinement, but also of seduction and even playfulness. Paradoxically, it also symbolises childhood, innocence and tenderness.
It made a comeback in the second half of the 19th century, and Impressionism gave it pride of place in women's clothing. Nor was it neglected in the 20th century, as shown by the works of Picasso and Matisse, but also in contemporary art, where it is often synonymous with playfulness and derision.
Cycle: Colour in Western painting over the centuries
Colour. What a vast subject, given the fundamental role it plays in art! It is perhaps what we first perceive in a work of art and, as Delacroix said, "colour is par excellence the part of art that possesses the magic gift. Whereas subject, form and line are primarily addressed to the mind, colour has no meaning for the intellect, but has all the power over the senses".
This series takes a close look at colours in Western painting over the centuries, selecting them one by one to show their specific use in different periods.
Lecturer: Marie-Laure Ruiz-Maugis, art historian
- The 06 March 2024 at 17:00