Abstract Expressionism – Its Origin
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Here’s a little story – probably some truth in it – told to me by an older artist, about the beginning of Abstract Expressionism.

Back in mid-20th century, artists often got together to talk and to work and to go to lunch – just as they did back in the Renaissance or the Impressionist era.

Vassily Kandinsky was working in his studio one day and Claes Oldenberg and Mark Rothko came by to talk. After a while, one suggested they go out for coffee. Kandinsky had just finished putting the bright undercoating on the painting he was working on, and took it off the easel, and stood it up on the floor to dry while they were gone.

It was a brisk Fall day, and they were quite refreshed by the sunshine, the coffee and the walk and talk they did. About an hour later they returned to the studio. Kandinsky opened the door and stopped in amazement at what he saw before his eyes. The other men were equally fascinated. The brilliant painting he had left on the floor greeted them and ‘knocked their socks off’. They saw a exciting composition of shape, line and color such as they had never seen before.

Quite accidentally, Kandinsky had left his painting upside down that morning as they left the room. And quite accidentally, it was straight in front of the door on the opposite wall. And quite accidentally, the work – supposed to be merely underpainting – stimulated these men as the Abstract Expressionism movement began with that single accident.

The Effects Of Color In Interior Design

All color can affect everyone in a different way, and this article’s purpose is to describe the emotional effects that color has when used in interior spaces.

The intent of this paper is to describe the emotional effects that color has when used in interior spaces. All color can affect everyone in a different way. These thoughts are only what I have concluded through research and personal experience.

Many people have personal preferences to color. Whether it be that red reminds them of their favorite wagon as a child or that green makes them think of an old Buick their grandpa would drive them around in. Whatever that color may be, it may not necessarily be the right color for the living room walls.

Designing interior spaces involves many hours of planning and preparation. The most important part is that you accomplish your task successfully. The client must feel that the space fits its purpose.

Color is essential for client satisfaction. You might not choose a light green for the walls of a productive work environment or a bright red to line the walls of convalescent hospital. The color should contribute to the task being performed in that particular space.

Many studies on color have been accomplished. Most of the studies have concluded the same effects. I plan to focus mainly on the primary and secondary colors (red, blue, yellow, orange, green and violet).



Red is used in spaces that demand attention. You may choose to use a red wall to display a wonderful group of black and white photographs or in a commercial space, to label a safety features. Red can also be used in bedrooms to create a romantic, seductive feeling. Tints and shades of red are often used in schools and developmental settings to stimulate the brain..

If bright and cheerful is the state of mind you want then yellow is the perfect color for the space. Yellow emits the feeling of sunshine and is used primarily in educational and office atmospheres. However in residential application the use is unlimited. A child’s room, a dark kitchen or maybe a basement that needs some innovation and originality. .Most of the time this color is wonderful for your mood. This color illuminates excitement and impulsiveness.

Orange is considered to reduce hostility and improve social behavior. This has a large part to do with the use of this color in schools and playrooms. Many times it is used more as an accent color rather than the primary , because if the full intensity of the color is used our mood may become hyper and irritating. In the home if orange is tone down or mixed with a different color than the effect is quite pleasant and will edify warmth.

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