Color Quote Graphics: Delaunay to Francis

“The sea a dark greenish blue like a fig.” - Eugene Delacroix

​“The sea a dark greenish blue like a fig.” -- Eugene Delacroix, one of the leading artists of the French Romantic period, 1798-1863

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“First of all, I always see the sun! The way I want to identify myself and others is with halos here and there halos, movements of color. And that, I believe, is rhythm.” - Robert Delaunay

​“First of all, I always see the sun! The way I want to identify myself and others is with halos here and there halos, movements of color. And that, I believe, is rhythm.” -- Robert Delaunay, French Cubist Painter, 1885-1941

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“He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.” - Sonia Delaunay

​“He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.” -- Sonia Delaunay, Ukrainian-born French Abstract Painter and Designer, 1885-1979

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“Flowers and flames. And color. Color as color, not as volume or light – only as color.” - Charles Demuth

​“Flowers and flames. And color. Color as color, not as volume or light – only as color.” -- Charles Demuth, American Precisionist Painter, 1883-1935

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“Every so often change your palette. Introduce new colours and discard others. You will gain knowledge of colour mixing and your work will have added variety.” - Kenneth Denton

​“Every so often change your palette. Introduce new colours and discard others. You will gain knowledge of colour mixing and your work will have added variety.” -- Kenneth Denton, English Painter, b. 1932"

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“All the best artists have shown that the greatest achievement in the production of fine color is the concealment of pigments, and not the parade of them; and we may say the same of execution.” - Asher B. Durand

​“All the best artists have shown that the greatest achievement in the production of fine color is the concealment of pigments, and not the parade of them; and we may say the same of execution.” -- Asher B. Durand American Hudson River School Painter, 1796-1886 1926

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“Creators of computer graphics are ahead of painters… Programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop have ‘color pickers’ that present you with a screen full of continuously blended color from which to choose…” - Patrick Fanning

​“Creators of computer graphics are ahead of painters… Programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop have ‘color pickers’ that present you with a screen full of continuously blended color from which to choose…” -- Patrick Fanning American Painter commenting on the color wheel

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“Any color, so long as it’s black.” - Henry Ford

“Any color, so long as it’s black.” -- Attributed to Henry Ford, Founder of the Ford Motor Company

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 “Not only can color, which is under fixed laws, be taught like music, but it is easier to learn than drawing, whose elaborate principles cannot be taught.” - Eugene Delacroix

​ “Not only can color, which is under fixed laws, be taught like music, but it is easier to learn than drawing, whose elaborate principles cannot be taught.” -- Eugene Delacroix, one of the leading artists of the French Romantic period, 1798-1863

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“On the other hand, the artist has much to do in the realm of color construction, which is so little explored and so obscure, and hardly dates back any farther than to the beginning of Impressionism.” - Robert Delaunay

​“On the other hand, the artist has much to do in the realm of color construction, which is so little explored and so obscure, and hardly dates back any farther than to the beginning of Impressionism.” -- Robert Delaunay, French Cubist Painter, 1885-1941

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“I have always wanted my colours to sing.” - Paul Delvaux

​“I have always wanted my colours to sing.” ~Paul Delvaux Belgian Surrealist Painter, 1897-1994

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“There were apples painted in pale green and bright red on a ground of emerald green leaves.It is all colour. One might say it was a Cezanne.” - Maurice Denis

​“There were apples painted in pale green and bright red on a ground of emerald green leaves.It is all colour. One might say it was a Cezanne.” ~Maurice Denis French Nabi Painter, 1870-1943

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“Ah, Chardin, what you grind on your palette is not this color or that… but the very substance of things. You dip your brush in air and light and spread them on your canvas.” - Denis Diderot

​“Ah, Chardin, what you grind on your palette is not this color or that… but the very substance of things. You dip your brush in air and light and spread them on your canvas.” -- Denis Diderot, French Philosopher and Writer, 1713-1784

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“In Autumn you can take one maple leaf and see almost all the colours of the rainbow in it – although you would need your imagination to see blue.” - Dorthe Eisenhardt

​“In Autumn you can take one maple leaf and see almost all the colours of the rainbow in it – although you would need your imagination to see blue.” -- Dorthe Eisenhardt, Canadian Painter

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“Artists can colour the sky red because they know it’s blue. Those of us who aren’t artists must colour things the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid.” - Jules Feiffer

​“Artists can colour the sky red because they know it’s blue. Those of us who aren’t artists must colour things the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid.” -- Jules Feiffer, American Illustrator, b. 1929

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“It must be vivid. Extended in space and time, the dots accrue, giving back pathways, constellations, geometries, and at last, as the white ground of the canvas is overcome, unforeseen color sensations.” - Andrew Forge

​“It must be vivid. Extended in space and time, the dots accrue, giving back pathways, constellations, geometries, and at last, as the white ground of the canvas is overcome, unforeseen color sensations.” -- Andrew Forge, English painter, academic, and art critic, 1923-2002

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“Clarity will be color, proportion; these proportions are composed of diverse elements, simultaneously involved in an action.” - Robert Delaunay

​“Clarity will be color, proportion; these proportions are composed of diverse elements, simultaneously involved in an action.” -- Robert Delaunay, French Cubist Painter, 1885-1941

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“These are based on studies in the transparency of color, whose similarity to musical notes drove me to discover the ‘movement of color’.” - Robert Delaunay

​“These are based on studies in the transparency of color, whose similarity to musical notes drove me to discover the ‘movement of color’.” -- Robert Delaunay, French Cubist Painter, 1885-1941

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“The last mad throb of red just as it turns green; the ultimate shriek of orange calling all the blues of heaven for relief and support… each color almost regains the fun it must have felt within itself on forming the first rainbow.” - Charles Demuth

"The last mad throb of red just as it turns green; the ultimate shriek of orange calling all the blues of heaven for relief and support… each color almost regains the fun it must have felt within itself on forming the first rainbow." -- Charles Demuth, American Precisionist Painter, 1883-1935

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“There were apples painted in pale green and bright red on a ground of emerald green leaves.It is all colour. One might say it was a Cezanne.” - Maurice Denis

​“There were apples painted in pale green and bright red on a ground of emerald green leaves. It is all colour. One might say it was a Cezanne.” -- Maurice Denis, French Nabi Painter, 1870-1943

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“Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones… it will always stay blue; whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another color – pink.” - Raoul Dufy

​“Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones… it will always stay blue; whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another color – pink.” -- Raoul Dufy, French Fauvist Painter, 1877-1953

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“The range in brightness from the purple glow [of the sunset] to the dark sky above is too great for most films, and naturally it is beyond the range of printed pictures.” - James Elkins

​“The range in brightness from the purple glow [of the sunset] to the dark sky above is too great for most films, and naturally it is beyond the range of printed pictures.” ~ James Elkins, American Art Professor and Author, b. 1955

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“Never has a pigment been better named than ultramarine blue. Fashionable, even today, in its nomenclature! It is ultra in every way.” - Karen Fitzgerald

“Never has a pigment been better named than ultramarine blue. Fashionable, even today, in its nomenclature! It is ultra in every way.” - Karen Fitzgerald, American Painter

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“Color is born of the interpenetration of light and dark.” - Sam Francis

​“Color is born of the interpenetration of light and dark.” ~Sam Francis American Abstract Expressionist Painter, 1923-1994

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