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Artists and their Palettes

For today’s Art Wednesday, let’s look at one of the most important tools of the trade for a painter—the palette. In 2007, the German artist Matthias Schaller began photographing artists’ palettes, calling them “indirect portraits” of the finest painters of the last 200 years. See his work here: http://matthiasschaller.org/das-meisterstueck


In this column, I’ve included paintings that match up with each palette. I’m not suggesting these paintings came from these particular palettes, though they may have. I’m more using them as a point of reference. Thank you, Mr. Schaller, for these fascinating photos.

La Mariée, by Marc Chagall, 1950, and Chagall’s palette, photo by Matthias Schaller.


Interior, by Edgar Degas, 1869, Degas’ palette, photo by Matthias Schaller.


The Abduction of Rebecca, by Eugène Delacroix, 1858, and Delacroix’s palette, photo by Matthias Schaller.


The Two Fridas, by Frida Kahlo, 1939, and Kahlo’s palette, photo by Matthias Schaller.


The Rest, portrait of Berthe Morisot, by Edouard Manet, 1870, and Manet’s palette, photo by Matthias Schaller.


Interior with Black Fern, by Henri Matisse, 1948, and Matisse’s palette, photo by Matthias Schaller.


A Corner of the Garden at Montgeron, by Claude Monet, 1877, and Monet’s palette, photo by Matthias Schaller.


Femme Assise, by Pablo Picasso, 1909, Picasso’s palette, photo by Matthias Schaller.


A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, by Georges Seurat, 1886, and Seurat’s palette, photo by Matthias Schaller.


Red-Haired Woman on a Sofa, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1897, and Toulouse-Leutrec’s palette, photo by Matthias Schaller.


Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, by Vincent Van Gogh, 1884, and van Gogh’s palette, photo by Matthias Schaller.

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