Judith is simply Red

24 Jan

Francois Legrand, “Judith et Holopherne,” 1999, oil on panel, 130 x 89 cm,

Isn’t she tidy?   She looks like she was doing a little spring cleaning and found this silly head under the bed.   Just need to find the dust bin and give it toss.

The amazing and startling aspect of this painting is the number of shades of red.    I know there is a science of color – and I did not study it – but I love color.   There are a few shades that leave me feeling queasy (puce – it even sounds disgusting)  but overall I am fascinated with all the options around the color wheel.   All the tints and shades and hues.    Red is one of the primary colors – the color of passion and heat and life.   Scarlet, Candy Apple, LustRubyCrimsonCardinalCarnelian, Dark Red, Maroon.  They are seem to be in this painting.

Certainly hides any blood.

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Glory


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