Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Simon Luttichuys

Luttichuys was a painter of the Dutch Golden Age.

The subdued palette, consisting of interesting greys, browns and whites, and the composition with its central glass, is restful to the eye.

Interesting greys can be made by mixing colours which are opposite on the colour wheel. If the colours are incompletely mixed, with suggestions of the constituent pigments visible, then the greys become vibrant and alive. A subdued palette does not have to be a dead one. The absence of bright colours in this case allows the painting to showcase the subtle play of light on various objects: reflective metal, transparent glass, absorptive cloth.

Monday, January 9, 2012