To Ellen

This blog is made to the honor of my grandmother Ellen Elisabeth Thomsen who was a modern woman .
She was born in Randers in Denmark 1895 and died in Copenhagen 1976.
She had long salmon red hair down to her hips. It was braided and put up with lots of hairpins to make it look short.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Red haired women in blue

There are harmony rules of weight in a painting .
Colors weigh and it has nothing to do with the
amount of a color, but whether the dominant color is in Harmony or have a  harmonic co existence  by being weighed up from a contrasting or almost contrasting color.
Sometimes a total blue picture need just a spot of pale orange and it doesn't seem overly blue .
Many earlier artists used this small trick .
Today Art is all about effect and screaming as loud as possible, and the use of small
fine harmonies has been forgotten .
Blue make reddish colors glow and give the red colors an orange or yellow glow.
 That is why so many artists chose to 
paint redheads in some blue robe or with a blue background.
Here are some  examples where the blue is weighed up with different amounts of 
Orange,  Red or Reddish brown 

Zinaida Yevgevnyevna Serebriak

Louis Rittman

Edward Magnus
Portrait of Caroline Wollf

Mela Mutter

Mary Cassatt
Portrait of  Margaret Milligan Sloan

Sir Samuel Luke Fildes

Miniature of Joseph Karl Stielers portrait of Amalie von Schintling

And now the original painting who wasn't so blue and she wasn't a redhead at all.

Joseph Karl Stieler
Portrait of Amalie von Schintling

Joseph Stieler

Read about this beautiful redhead  in

Jozsef Rippl-Ronai

Miniature of perhaps Voet.

Louis John Rhead

Portrait of Maria Waskowska

Look how cleverly Wyspianski uses  the small effect of blue in some of the contours.
It weighs up the orange brown hair.It even brings out the few tiny blue highlights in the hair.

Charles James McCall

Charles James McCall


Dan Thompson
American Contemporary
I take of my hat for this painting, 
Look how Dan Thompson bends the warm shadows against all the bluish tones ..... excellent!

Alphonse Mucha

Glyn Warren  Philpot

Ivan Seminouk Kulikov

Carl Larsson

Anton van Wely

Henry Clive
Portrait of Mary Pickford

Gerda Gottlieb Wegener.

Harald Slott Møller

Pia Ranslet

Paul Albert .Besnard

Jacek Malczewski

What a huge woman ,she must be 2 meter tall with that small head!


Sir William Russel Flint

Karl Albert Buehr

Guy Rose


Robert Louis Reid

Gene Pressler

Carl Larsson
reblogged from

Edward Killingworth Johnson

K.A Buehr

Gustav Adolf  Mossa

Jan Mabuse Goessart

Evelyn de Morgan

Who else but Childe Hassam
Always so poetical 

Albert Joseph Moore

Look at this picture with all the cool  grey-blue tones,and it all gets weight up by the tiny amount of reddish blond in badminton rack, carpet, flowerpot and shadows on the skin and in the hair.
And look how the small strong bluish turquoise spots glow.
This is because all the grey-turquoise are mixed up from an addition of a tiny amount of red.

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