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Black And White Art

Black And White Art

There are painters who go all the way to colours in their artwork. The more colour, the more beautiful the art piece. The brighter the better. Other painters like more austerity. They opt for a black and white art style. Black and white art can create a powerful contrast on your wall If you arrange it in the right way.

The emergence of black and white art.

People have always been inclined to colour in paintings. Already in the time of the ancient Romans, all kinds of dyes were mixed, to ensure that a display was put down as realistic as possible. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that some Cubist painters dared to emphasize the shape and the figure, instead of the colour. In this Figurative art movement, the visible reality was the most important. Colour was seen by them as a way to add emotion.

One of the most important forerunners of paintings with a minimal amount of colours was Mondrian. Mondrian painted between 1912 and 1915 with fewer and fewer colours. He used a lot of grey, black, brown and white during that period. It was not until 1917 that Mondrian switched to his well-known paintings with surfaces and primary colours. Painters are mutually inspired by each other so that more and more artists started experimenting with black and white effects at the beginning of the 20th century.

Modern Black and white art

Nowadays you encounter black and white art in many modern households or offices. Paintings, edited photographs, posters or images can all show emotions, even though they sometimes contain little colour. Artists who opt for a black - and - white style often do not want to divert attention from the subject of their painting or photograph. With black and white colours you expose the soul of the subject, according to many of these artists. Some painters paint the largest part of the artwork in black, white and grey and only give colour to a small element. The eye of the viewer is then pulled extra strong towards the coloured element.


The advantage of black and white art is that it is timeless. For example, the colours of clothing that people wear on a painting often show a certain period in fashion. By removing the colour element, you are not influenced by 'what is in fashion'. In a black-and-white view, nobody or a lady on the artwork sees a brown orange dress from the 1960s or a modern blue turquoise dress on. Due to the lack of colour, a painting often looks a bit more retro and you can leave the artwork unhindered for a longer period. On the other hand, black-and-white paintings can also be very modern and because of the lack of colour that is also the case for a long time. For example, Digital Artists can experiment with colours.

How do you know if a black and white poster is for you?

Black and white art is not for everywhere type of house/room. If you place it in the wrong place, it can fall away against the background. If, on the other hand, you have a lot of coloured objects in a room, a black-and-white art style can really catch the eye. A minimalist interior is therefore ideal for black and white paintings. Despite the lack of colour, or perhaps because of the lack of colour, black and white art is very artistic and really fits into the interior.

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    Greta Dobai