L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Orange, to be fair

Robert Rich, Second Earl of Warwick, by Anthony van Dyck, circa 1632-35.

If I were ever to sit about pondering my favorite colors, orange would never come to mind. And how unfair of me! Because orange is the most remarkable, incredibly important color. Powerful, invigorating. Whether a dazzling highlight - the "perfect spice" - or the main scheme of an image. Orange, I apologize. Orange, I salute you!

The Sisters Schwartz, by Anders Zorn, 1889.
Orpheus, attributed to Paul Duqueyland, circa 1800.
Cornelia Rijdenius, by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, circa 1790-95.
Flower garland with portrait of William III of Orange, aged 10, by Jan Davisz. de Heem, circa 1659-66.
L'éveil du Faune, by Magnus Enckell, 1914.
Les Gentilshommes du Duc d'Orleans dans l’habit de Saint-Cloud, by Henri Félix Emmanuel Philippoteaux,1839. (After Carmontelle, 1770.)
Still-life - tea set, by Jean-Étienne Liotard, circa 1781-83.
Portrait of a lady, by Nicolas de Largillière, circa 1710-20.
Le Printemps, by Jean Dupas, 1926.
Wrapped Oranges, William J. McCloskey, 1889.
Aurelia, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1879.
Mrs. Dora Lamm and Her Two Eldest Sons, by Carl Larsson, 1903.
Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Denmark and Norway, by Vigilius Eriksen, 1777.
The most orange of any painting: Flaming June, by Frederic Lord Leighton, 1895.


  1. Orange, I apologize. Orange, I salute you. I love it.

  2. Love orange. Have quite a bit of it in my apartment here in New York City. It has a vibrancy that can astonish, and the paintings you have featured do not disappoint. The Sisters are the standout for me. Wow!

    Wonderful blog. Simply wonderful. Thank you!