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Northern River, By Tom Thomson

Northern River, By Tom Thomson

Northern River, By Tom Thomson
Northern River, By Tom Thomson
Wisteria, Tiffany Studios Lamp
Wisteria, Tiffany Studios Lamp
This painting has a wonderful ‘Tiffany like’ two-value notan design.
The prominent slanting tree trunk serves as a contrast of line. The painting has so many vertical tree trunks that without that contrast the painting would be far less interesting.
contrast of line in painting by Tom Thomson
use of the principle of contrast of line in painting by Tom Thomson
analogous color harmony
an analogous color harmony
The color harmony is quite beautiful here.  He is using a combination of wide range analogous and basic complementary color harmonies. Most of the other colors in this painting are grouped around red, but in a very wide analogous range.
For the complementary color he is using some kind of cerulean blue, which is a blue green. The blue green is in the sky.
complementary color harmony red blue-green
a complementary color harmony

To Learn More

To learn more about color harmonies, see the lessons on color in our online painting classes.

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