The Meaning in Colors: Part 2

Color is a fascinating and simple method for an artist to display what emotions or concepts they wish to express in their work. When collectors browse art exhibitions, they are more likely to select the piece that speaks to them the most. This is the second part of the symbolism of color in art, we will focus on the secondary colors and what meaning they provide to a collection.


Orange represents a high level of joy and happiness. It means fascination, determination, and encouragement. The citrus color also brings a tropical feel to a painting, the warmth of a sunset, the vibrancy of life.



Green is most known for the color of nature and earth. People envision the smell of grass or trees swaying in the summer wind. Green possesses a great healing element and calming effect. When green is seen in a work, it is meant to relax the viewer. It can also be used to create a sensation of decay and disgust, depending on the setting and the tones used.



Purple is a color often associated with royalty. The stability and royal characteristics of blue blend with the energetic characteristics of red. Purple is all about extravagance and magic; purple is a color of wonder and curiosity. It is also associated with mystery and the supernatural used to create auras of the occult and such.


These are just some examples of the meaning behind certain colors and, depending on the manipulation of the by the artists, artworks can hold a variety of meanings even while using the same color palettes. If you find yourself looking for work that expresses a certain idea, understanding color is a good starting point. If you require more information and assistance, here at The Americas Collection will be more than glad to assist you.

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