Combined With Blue Cool And Retiring It Is However More Congenial


with yellow than with blue, and thence partakes more of the character of

the former in its effects of warmth, the influence of light and

distance, and action on the eye, by which the power of vision is

diminished on viewing this colour in a strong light. On the other hand,

red appears to deepen in colour rapidly in a declining light as night

comes on, or in shade. These qualities of red give it great importance,

it difficult of management, and require it to be generally kept

subordinate in painting. It is therefore rarely used unbroken, as the

ruling or predominating colour, or for toning a picture; on which

account it will always seem detached or insulated, unless repeated and

subordinated. Hence Nature is sparing with her red, employing it with as

much reserve in the decoration of her works as she is profuse in

lavishing green upon them. This latter is of all colours the most

soothing to the eye, and the true contrasting or harmonizing equivalent

of red, in the proportional quantity of eleven to five, according to

surface or intensity: being, when the red inclines to scarlet or orange,