THIS NEEDS TO BE LIGHTENED
ALSO INSERT “BOSCH CARRYING CROSS”
attracts our eyes first? The white triangles which suggest sails. Why?
Because they are bright white - high value. What else attracts our eyes?
patches of red and yellow - warm colors. What things seem to recede into the
distance? The green flags, blue sky and water - cool colors and low value.
Dufy has created a painting in which objects move forward or backward,
attract our eyes or not, solely based on color theory.
Hieronymus Bosch’s The
of the Cross,
1510, similarly uses variations of wam and cool color and high and low value
to make certain faces and details stand out. Faces are of a variety skin
tones. Some are tan, brown, black and gray. However, right in the middle of
the picture is Christ, calmly carrying his burden and lighter in skin tone.
This makes his face stand out from the crowd. Our attention is directed to
him. There are two other faces similarly high value – the woman at the bottom
left (Veronica) and a man at the top. They serve to balance out Christ.
So similar to Dufy’s
painting, your eye travels around the image picking out details of various
colors. By evenly distributing high value at center, above the cross and
below the cross, the viewer is being continually lead around and won’t miss
anything. In the case of Bosch’s painting, we must not ignore the religious
context. By painting Christ’s face in high value, the artist may be
referencing Christ as of a higher spiritual value than those who may not have
recognized his divinity.