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Scenic Art for the Theatre, 3rd Edition by Peter Beudert, Susan Crabtree

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CHAPTER 6

COLOR AND PAINT

 

 

 

 

Color is a key ingredient of all visual images. Colors inform, provoke, soothe, and stimulate — they elicit a myriad of responses in us. The simple presence or absence of color alters the mood of anything we look at. Many in society have come to associate the black-and-white imagery of photographs and film as serious or nostalgic. A modern movie made in black and white wordlessly communicates a certain dramatic sensibility, as does the somber palette of Rembrandt paintings and the warm pastels of Degas. A message is given through color and its context.

Colors and the pleasing color of things are also easily recognized by almost anyone who sees them. It does not take a trained geologist to appreciate a ...

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