Category Archives: The Noble One

Black Paint — Chanel — Haute Couture

black and white modern art, brenda heim artist “The Noble One” 66″ x 4′  Sumi ink and acrylic on canvas, 2014/13

The Color Black in art (paintings specifically) — I have come to understand is most often misunderstood as negative and depressing. Though I understand art is subjective, these social and individual interpretations about the use of black in art making intrigue me. Through all of my years of painting (25), black has always empowered my work with a visual chutzpah and a sense of grounding amongst stark white palettes or swirling colors. When applied with skill — works of art that incorporate black either boldly or with delicate markings can be empowering as well as elegant and sophisticated like the Chanel Little Black Dress and — as much fun to purchase as investing in black pieces of Haute Couture.

“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.” — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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