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Monochrome: Painting in Black and White

The National Gallery in London explores works by famous painters from the Middle Ages through to the 21st century, showing paintings in monochrome.

Oct 31, 2017 | By Andrea Sim

‘Monochrome’ surveys 700 years of black-and-white painting

The National Gallery in London opened its doors to public on October 30. For a limited period only, visitors can view over 50 painted objects created by artists from the Middle ages through to the 21st century.

The theme of the exhibition explores black and white paintings created over 700 years. Some of the artworks will jostle the attention of art lovers, highlighting famous European masters, including Van Eyck, Dürer and Rembrandt. They sit alongside artworks by modern artists such as Gerhard Richter, Chuck Close and Bridget Riley.

There are seven rooms delivering an aspect of painting in black, white and grey; enter each room and discover amazing guest experiences. For example, one of the rooms feature “grisaille”, which is a painting technique that uses natural greyish colour.

This method is popular with the early Flemish painters such as Hubert and Jan van Eyck who created “The Ghent Altarpiece” for the cathedral at Ghent during the 15th century. The technique has also been used to reproduce on classical wall sculpture and ceiling images towards the late 18th century, and later, on photography and film.

Olafur Eliasson’s work will showcase the immersive light installation “Room for one colour”

“The use of minimal colour is also seen in works by Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella and Cy Twombly, where it is used to maximise impact in abstract work.” – AFP Relax News

The term “Monochrome” does not only represent black and white. Olafur Eliasson’s immersive light installation “Room for one colour” is an example of the use of a single colour tone to flood the room with yellow light.










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