Sunday, March 28, 2010

Battle Near Sinop by Ivan Aivazovsky

Battle Near Sinop (day version) 1853
by Ivan Aivazovsky

The simple color scheme is used in a very powerful way. Red, black and white are blended together. There are points of extreme contrast; the angular dark structure of the ships against a pure white cloud. If we look at where the colors are used, we can see some very distinct shapes. 


Battle Near Sinop (day version) 1853
by Ivan Aivazovsky
highlighted to show color use

In the copy above I have highlighted where color is used within the painting. Outside these lines is predominantly black and white. The red flags circle around the boat creating a focal point. The orange balances the entire painting. It becomes softer and less distinct on the right side of the image. If the orange was not present it would split the image in two; the painting would lose the color balance that holds the image together.