Color Balance

 

 

Toulouse Lautrec has used an interesting arrangement of warm and cool to balance this painting. The dominating cool, dark mass of the women’s dresses and background waiter, are flanked by a pair of horizontal red stripes.

 

The stripes are balanced, on the opposite side of the painting, by the shape of a red jacket. A small flick of red in the collar of one of the women creates a balanced triangular arrangement of reds in a field of predominantly cool blue/greys.

 

The areas of light punctuating the dark masses establish the focal point, but it is the arrangement of reds that keep the painting balanced.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)”At the Moulin Rouge: Two women waltzing” (1892)