Warm, Bright, Sunny Colours in Art and Illustration

I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Georges Dorival (1879-1968) 1914 travel poster illustration for Hyères, a French town on the Mediterranean Coast
Georges Dorival (1879-1968) 1914 travel poster illustration for Hyères, a French town on the Mediterranean Coast
Ilonka Karasz (1896-1981) 1962 bay
Ilonka Karasz (1896-1981) 1962 bay
English painter Spencer Gore’s middle name was Frederick. He was known as Freddy, because his father was also ‘Spencer Gore’, famous as a tennis player.
Here’s another painting Freddy Gore. The residual heat of a summer’s day is evident. ‘The Icknield Way’ 1912

Freddy decided it was a good idea to call his son Frederick. (Surely they weren’t both called ‘Freddy’?) Anyway, like his father, young Frederick Gore (1913-2009) also became a (Post-Impressionist) painter. His style was similar to that of his father, also known for his bright landscapes.

Valley of the Calavon, Bonnieux by Frederick Gore (1913 – 2009), Post-Impressionist English painter
Frederick Gore ‘Mausanne’ (1938).

See more of Frederick Gore’s work at Art UK.

Ilonka Karasz (1896-1981) The New Yorker 1960
Ilonka Karasz (1896-1981) The New Yorker 1960
Kay, Country Gentleman Magazine
Kay, Country Gentleman Magazine
NATIONAL FARM JOURNAL OCTOBER 1931
NATIONAL FARM JOURNAL OCTOBER 1931 cover art, illustrator not found
In the Garden, Edvard Munch, 1902, an artist everyone will recognise from ‘The Scream‘.
Nikolai Alexandrovich Tarkhov (Russian painter) 1871-1930, the artist's son 1916-18
Nikolai Alexandrovich Tarkhov (Russian painter) 1871-1930, the artist’s son 1916-18. Pretty Munchian.
George Henry (1858-1943), Ladies by a Loch
George Henry (1858-1943), ‘Ladies by a Loch’. You can probably guess the nationality of the painter from ‘loch’.
George Henry - A September Day lake swan
‘A September Day’, also by George Henry.
Peder Mørk Mønsted (Danish, 1859–1941) 1897
Peder Mørk Mønsted (Danish, 1859–1941). This painting was completed in 1897.
Spring. A Young Couple in a Rowing Boat on Odense Å (1896) by Hans Andersen Brendekilde (Danish, 1857–1942)
Spring. A Young Couple in a Rowing Boat on Odense Å (1896) by Hans Andersen Brendekilde (Danish, 1857–1942)
House & Garden Magazine July 1933 Art Deco
House & Garden Magazine July 1933. (The name of the artist can probably found in the colophon, if someone has access to it.)
Homes and Gardens July 1938 magazine cover
Homes and Gardens July 1938 magazine cover
Two children approach a large house with an art deco mother in a pink dress waving at them.
House and Garden cover art by A.E. Marty, November 1933. The elongated body of the mother is very Art Deco. Even the children have been stretched out a bit. (And so has the house.)
Coca Cola 1957 - art by Al Moore
A Coca Cola advertisement from 1957, with art by Al Moore. The Coca-Cola company has the funds to employ the most talented advertisers and artists. They’ve always been very good at making Coca-cola look happy, bright, healthy and fun.
Farmer's Wife Magazine September 1935
Farmer’s Wife Magazine September 1935
Eleanor Vere Boyle,1825-1916 The cuckoo has come, 1879
Eleanor Vere Boyle,1825-1916 The cuckoo has come, 1879. This one’s not quite as yellow, but the colour scheme still suggests a bright, warm, sunny day. (Is that a massive cat or a very small girl?)
Fritz Baumgarten (1883 - 1966) German illustrator
Fritz Baumgarten (1883 – 1966) was a German illustrator who created warm, bright illustrations for a child audience, emphasising animal and insect life.
Another scene by Fritz Baumgarten. A forest restaurant, well patronised by woodland creatures.
Another scene by Fritz Baumgarten. A forest restaurant, well patronised by woodland creatures.
A. Cucchi fishing rock
A. Cucchi. The colours of this rock are amazing.
Kenneth Steel (1906-1970) has made the Western Highlands look bright and warm.
From Flotsam by David Wiesner seaside
From a contemporary picture book called Flotsam by David Wiesner. Heat can also be conveyed via a more analogous palette.
Joop Polder
Joop Polder,  born in 1939 in The Hague, creates Surreal landscapes and in this one the heat is evident.

Now I’m moving on to a technique which conveys brightness and heat: A darker foreground, creating a juxtaposition. It also creates depth, of course.

James Edwin Meadows - Sandhurst from Camp Hill 1884
James Edwin Meadows – Sandhurst from Camp Hill, 1884.
John Brett - Florence from Bellosguardo
John Brett – Florence from Bellosguardo
William Smithson Broadhead's  Scarborough railway poster illustration of the 1930s
William Smithson Broadhead’s Scarborough railway poster illustration of the 1930s
John Samuel Raven – Saint-foin in Bloom
James Jacques Joseph Tissot - Croquet
James Jacques Joseph Tissot – Croquet. The dog is sensible. I would also be enjoying the shade if the heat were that yellow.
1936 Country Gentleman Magazine MARCH. Bright sunny days are sometimes snowy!