A Study in Scarlet (Rectangles)


Professor Bear’s exponent, Marjorie, saw this painting in a museum in France. It’s a beautiful example of a (mostly) monochromatic painting. Red. And it is a study in rectangles. It’s interesting to see where the artist broke lines and boundaries and symmetries, and where the artist continued them.

The painting has both representative and abstract features. It looks like a scene in traffic, and achieves light and depth. Small touches of contrasting colors, greens and blues, make the light very interesting. In places there is strong three-dimensional feeling, and in other places it’s more two-dimensional.