This scene takes a moment to settle in your mind. At first, it's Purvis' beautiful White Freedom Horses.
But as you see in the left top corner is a dark red color. This is the battle they were in. You see a dark figure right next to the red.This was the enemy they fought. As you look in the middle top, there's figures that also have dark wings. Not the good angels, they were the ones that were defeated in battle. You see the green pasture around them. They made it home, battle won.
The colors look lighter and darker in different lighting situations. The photo looks a bit blue or a bit yellow, and even pink. Some paintings I need to lighten or darken to show you details that my camera, or lighting, does not capture.I do edit all photos because I want to make sure you can see. However, all paintings, are edited and may look different upon arrival.
Change the colors, dark or light, as well. You will see Purvis' symbolisms in the particular colors he uses and where it is placed. He has a meaning, a story he is telling you, in every aspect of a painting, or drawing.
Sometimes his paint or colors look happenstance, or'Pollack'- like in that the paint is splashed around. Yes, he did paint with splashes and other unconventional manners of painting. He was still studying other famous painters. He was self taught and was always experimenting.Each painting tells an entirely different story. The colors used are to bring your eye to a starting point for the story of the subject. Where those colors are showing in the painting, your eye moves with that color to another place, as well as the subjects and the action. He will have a very busy painting, as you look at it you will automatically look at the. But, looking closer, you will see'one' color on a side of the painting..
That color is only in one other spot on the painting, usually on the other side or top and bottom, and that is something to pay attention to. He wants you to understand what that color'means' in that spot and what, and why, it has to do with that same color in the other spot on the other side of the work. He is leading your eye each place for you to'see' the story.
Red, for instance, is not always blood. It can mean all sorts of things.
If there is no reason to have'blood' in that scene, the'red' may mean'vices' or'drugs' or'anger' or'a cause'. He used the color white sometimes to mean'ascension', but not always.
The white color will start where a death could have happened, and then upwards. A swirling white to white-ish color upwards to heaven. He will show ascension for the Freedom Horses too in some of the battle scenes. But, white is not always used in the manner I just explained.
Every painting can take on several meanings depending on what'you' see in each painting. Those'feelings' are what make the piece personally special. This is my opinion about the colors. You may find every time you look at the same painting you will see something different.
Happening that you did not notice before. Or, you will meet another Purvis collector and find that the symbolism, in their eyes, is totally different that what you have determined. To be the symbolism in the same scene.
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