Dating back to prehistoric times, red has been a colour widely used by artists. It is a colour that symbolises strength, love but also has the connotation of steamy emotions such as danger and anger. Another fun fact is that artworks whose main characteristics contain red, fetch the highest prices in auction.
In medieval times, red held high religious and secular significance. During the Protestant Reformation, the colour lost a bit of its lure and popularity in the ongoing culture. It was deemed as an indecent and immoral, linked to luxury and the excesses of the Catholic Church. Low and behold though, after the French Revolution, red regained its original respect as the colour of progressive movements and radical left-wing politics.
“Red is the archetypal colour, the first colour humans mastered, fabricated, reproduced and broke down into different shades, first in painting and later in dyeing. This has given it primacy over all other colours through the millennia,” writes historian Michel Pastoureau in Red: The History of a Color.
Since tis be the colour of the season, let us embrace the many channels of creativity red could bring to us in these times of need to celebration and human connection.