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JAN STEEN AND COLOR SYMBOLISM BY JENNIFER WELLS

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This is an introductory art lesson plan, for high school, on color symbolism. Here, Jan Steen’s paintings are used as a basis for a class discussion on how he may have chosen his dominant colors in each work in order to symbolize a certain mood or expression.

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Page 1: Jan Steen and Color Symbolism

JAN STEEN AND COLOR SYMBOLISMBY JENNIFER WELLS

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• Faith

• Wisdom

• Loyalty

• Truth

• Heaven

• Trust

• Friendship

BLUE

The Doctor’s Visit, 1663–1665

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• Love

• Passion

• Fire

• Blood

• Sensitivity

• Romance

RED

Bathsheba Receiving David’s Letter, 1659

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• Happiness

• Joy

• Energy

• Intellect

• Creativity

• Freshness

YELLOW

Night’s End in a Tavern

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• Adventure

• Creativity

• Excitement

• Pleasure

• Wisdom

• Wealth

ORANGE

The Dissolute Household, 1668

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• Growth

• Harmony

• Fertility & Vitality

• Stability

• Hope

• Healing & Balance

• Peace

GREEN

Arrival of a Visitor

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• Purity

• Truth

• Innocence

• Protection

• Healing

WHITE

The Continence of Scipio, late 1660s

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• Sadness & Mourning

• Despair

• Elegance

• Power

• Formality

BLACK

Burgher of Delft and his Daughter, 1655

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• Power

• Luxury

• Ambition

• Wisdom

• Dignity

• Creativity

• Magic

PURPLE

The Dancing Couple, 1663

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• Appreciation & Gratitude

• Happiness

• Admiration

• Friendships

• Compassion & Harmony

PINK

The Merry Threesome

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• Friendship

• Homeliness

• Concentration

• Courage

• Energy

BROWN

Twelfth Night, 1662