Complimentary Colours at the Tate Modern

When light falls upon another color, then, as a result of this new combination, it takes on another nuance of color. – Aristotle

Today we went to the Tate Modern, so I thought it would be the perfect day to wear a bold combination of complimentary colors to see their effect on each other and to create an eye catching look.

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Complimentary colors are those colors which when combined in the right proportions, produce white or black. Sir Isaac Newton devised a circle showing a spectrum of seven colors- certain colors around the circle were opposed to each other and provided the greatest contrast: red-green, yellow-violet, blue-orange.

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Color makes its impact from contrasts rather than from its inherent qualities….the primary colors seem more brilliant when they are in contrast with their complementary colors. – Monet 1988

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In 1872, Claude Monet painted Impression, Sunrise, a tiny orange sun and some orange light reflected on the clouds and water in the center of a hazy blue landscape. This painting, with its striking use of the complementary colors orange and blue, gave its name to the impressionist movement.

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Orange and blue became an important combination for all the impressionist painters. They knew that orange placed next to blue made both colors much brighter. Auguste Renoir painted boats with stripes of chrome orange paint straight from the tube. Paul Cézanne used orange made of touches of yellow, red and ochre against a blue background.

WEARING

UNITED COLORS OF BENETTON TOP

AL CAMPO LEATHER JACQUET

PRIMARK FLORAL WEDGE SHOES

PRIMARK JEANS

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Vincent van Gogh wrote of searching for broken colors and neutral colors to harmonize the brutality of extremes, trying to make the colors intense, and not a harmony of greys. He created his own oranges with mixtures of yellow, ochre and red, and placed them next to slashes of sienna red and bottle green, and below a sky of turbulent blue and violet. He put an orange moon and stars in a cobalt blue sky.

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Here I have combined my old school *slightly dirty :/ dunlop trainers with a maroon shirt for a more casual contrasting look

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Describing his painting, The Night Café, to his brother Theo in 1888, Van Gogh wrote: “I sought to express with red and green the terrible human passions. The hall is blood red and pale yellow, with a green billiard table in the center, and four lamps of lemon yellow, with rays of orange and green. Everywhere it is a battle and antithesis of the most different reds and greens.”

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Saint Thomas Aquinas wrote that purple looked different next to white than it did next to black, and that gold looked more striking against blue than it did against white

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After visiting the Matisse exhibition we went up to the members room for some coffee and cake and some great views over London! Art is my inspiration, what is yours?

WEARING

UNITED COLORS OF BENETTON TOP

NEXT SHIRT

DUNLOP TRAINERS

PRIMARK JEANS

CHANNEL BOTTLE I-PHONE CASE

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