Popular And Colorful Paintings of All Time in the Art History

Colours, canvas, and thoughts are the perfect combination to bring out the best emotion in any form of art.

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Often when an artist introduces the intensity of colours into the painting, the entire artwork lights up the viewer’s mood.

While bright colours grab attention, dark shades represent the depth of the emotion. Even monochrome paintings have the essence of a single colour that can do wonders in the entire look of the canvas. 

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Different colours speak differently for themselves. Just like red for love or anger, green for positivity, grey for depression, etc. And in the segment below we will help you know how these popular paintings change the mood in art.

San Giorgio Maggiore At Dusk- A Sunset filled With Emotions

Claude Monet’s San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk is a painting that he crafted for the love of travel he had. Monet has always been seeking out something new to be introduced in his life and his canvas as well.

New lands, new homes, and new topics for his vivacious paintings, that change the entire impression of colours and light on the canvas. This Venice sunset by Monet is drenched with toned shades of blue, reds, and yellows to cast details and entail a surreal feeling at the time of a sunset.

The perfect moment of twilight with the rainbow-coloured sky reflecting the purple reflexes which indicate that there is still hope and endings can still be beautiful. There is a church in the painting that casts warm shades of black but not pure black, an architectural figure with tiny mint strokes of purple as well.

Irises – The Portrayal of Mood Swings through a Canvas


The master of complementary colour combinations Vincent Van Gogh painted Irises when he was mentally ill and was admitted to the asylum. Irises are a sheer classic and have a boldly coloured landscape that catches everyone’s attention to experience through its dramatic visuals.

The violet-blue irises with yellow interiors in the green background and green leaves of the flowers are nature’s charismatic creations that Gogh brought to life. He introduced tones that are a bit of red and orange, one can see brown dirt on the bottom left corner of the canvas.

The painting’s unique observation is that there is a single white iris that stands out on the left side with a bundle of faded marigolds in the background. Irises have been highly influenced by Vincent’s love of the Japanese woodcut prints in which the flowers portray a dark contour.

Dance At The Moulin De La Galette- A Gala Time For All

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Being one of the most celebrated artworks by Pierre Auguste Renoir, Dance At The Moulin De La Galette is a reproduction of the vital energy of Paris in the late-nineteenth century. The Impressionist through this painting showcases the revelries of the working-class on a Sunday afternoon.

Dance At The Moulin De La Galette is a hypnotically mobile painting, an on-point fluid expression with brushstrokes describing a shimmering life. It is a highly cationic painting, that captures a slice-of-life scene, where people are enjoying their gala time and nothing but what life is serving them.

The clothing of the characters in the reproduction is mostly in dark strokes of green, blue and black. It’s quite clear that some women are wearing light-coloured dresses. And here, Renoir has beautifully played with colours as the specks of light shine through the leaves.

Bowl With Peonies and Roses- The Somber Hues From a Colorful Palette

Vincent van Gogh, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Bowl with Peonies and Roses is an elemental and seasonal work by the legendary artist, Vincent Van Gogh. He almost stopped painting flowers in the mid-1886 when the best blooms of the season tend to finish.

As the title states, this canvas portrays a dark green bowl that holds charming pink roses. And on the table lies a red, an orange, and two white peonies. All Gogh admirers know that he was a fan of the dark colour palette which he inherited from early Dutch painters.

This classic reproduction again reflects his iconic loose brushstrokes that were already visible in the hues that have darker shades. The strokes with the dark red background form a sort of halo around the flowers, and that on the green table represents ripples of water.

The Bottom Line

All the above-mentioned popular paintings narrate different stories through different emotions. Some happy, some realistic, some playful, and some intellect, but what lies similar to all is- their intensity of representing a specific thought and an altogether strong mood with just the blend of colours.


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