pictorial mode

an early painting by cezanne, “auvers, small houses”: his characteristic color is just beginning to emerge, but there already is an interaction of warm and cool which constantly provides us with spatial cues. the interplay of warm and cool that we find in the houses ( cool played into warm lights and warm played into cool shadows) suggests the treatment of color found in the pictorial mode. 

source: color in art, fogg art museum.

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