Varieties of red have wonderfully evocative names such as Vermillion, Venetian Red, Crimson, and Scarlet. Red stones such as garnet and rubies conjure a treasure chest overflowing. I've chosen to consider a range of colors, orange red, earthy red, pinkish red, and pure red for this post.
Above: Pierre Boncompain
Above: Jacques Henri Lartigue, Florette, Vence, May 1954, as seen here. From a new book "Lartigue: Life in Color" showing his color photography that has been mostly unseen till now.
Above: Barnett Newman, Vir Heroicus Sublimis 1950-51, Collection MOMA. In english the title translates to "Man, Heroic and Sublime", referring to his essay, "The Sublime is Now".
Above: Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1970. Collection National Gallery of Art.
Above: Red Cross sign
Above: Einar Jolin (1890-1976), Schoolgirl Mikaela Jolin, 1964. Jolin is a Swedish painter.
Above: Henri Matisse (1869-1954), The White Feather, 1919, Collection Art Institute Minneapolis
Above: David Hockney, Red Celia 1984, Collection Tate Museum. Celia Birtwell is a muse and close friend of Hockney's, as well as a talented fabric designer.
Above: Paul Poiret dress, 1911-1912, made from fabric Poiret found in Russia.
Above: Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, Portrait of a Woman in Red, 1620.
Above: Charles Wilson Peale (1741-1827), Artist in his Museum, 1822. Collection Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Above: Hanging laundry on a line...great selection of patterns with red in them.
Above: Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992), Ile Rousse, 1976, from his book "Kodachrome".
Above: Lois Dodd, Red Curtains Green Chicken House, 1983, from her book "Catching the Light". Dodd is having a show at the Alexandre Gallery in NYC, which closes April 2nd.
Above: Rinko Kawauchi, Untitled (Green coat red legs), from the series Murmuration 2010.
Above: Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992), Marina di Ravenna, 1972, from his book "Kodachrome".
Above: Fairfield Porter (1907-1975), The Narrows Clam Shack, 1952. In the summer of 1952, Fairfield Porter stopped in Wareham, Massachusetts on his way to Maine, staying with his wife's sister. Not having a canvas with him, Porter procured a board on which he painted this picture of the local clam shack, in Wareham. Porter gave the painting to his hostess as a thank you gift.
Above: Eleanor Ray, Red Bike, oil on panel, 2012.
Above: Dorothy's ruby slippers, in The Wizard of Oz, 1939.
Above: Christian Louboutin shoes
Above and below: From the ballet movie "The Red Shoes", 1948.
Above: Nick Waplington, A Display of Panic at a Moment of Absolute Certainty, from the upcoming show at These Days, curated by Thomas Solomon Art Advisory. The show runs from April 2-May 8 2016.
Above: Book cover by Cecil Beaton, 1955.
Above: Cover of a Japanese magazine found at the Antiquarian Book Fair, Kyoto.
Above: Matisse catalog, 1948.
Above: Jozsef Rippi-Ronai (1861-1927)
Above: Maurice Denis (1870-1943), Two Girls Against the Light, 1892.
Above: Maurice Denis (1870-1943), Child in an Apron, or Little Girl in a Red Dress, 1889.
Above: Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Marthe Bonnard and Reine Natanson in Red Blouse, 1928, Musee D'Orsay. This red striped blouse shows up in many of Bonnard's paintings...must have been fun to paint.
Above: This can has changed our lives. It's got a handful of coins inside, and when we shake it, our dog Moe stops barking. Now that she knows the sound, all I have to do is hold it.
Above: Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Fruit on Red Cloth, 1943.
Above: Bella Foster watercolor
Above: Judy Ledgerwood detail from her show Chromophilia at 1301PE.
Above: Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), The Red Checkered Tablecloth, 1910.
Above: Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), The White Cupboard, 1931.
Above: Alexander Serebriackov, Illustration of Christian Berard's bedroom, 1947
Above: Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna
Above: Home of Ines de la Fressange
Above: Donald Judd and Cy Twombly, photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna
Above: Kirsten Everberg, LAMill, 2008, at 1301PE. Oil and enamel on canvas. When I'm having lunch at LAMill, in Silver Lake, I feel as though I've walked into this painting.
Above: Dan Flavin (1933-1996), monument 4 those who have been killed in ambush (to P.K. who reminded me about death), 1966. Photo by Cathy Carver.
Above: Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), Concetto Spaziala, Attese, 1965, detail
Above: William Eggleston, Greenwood Mississippi, 1973
Above: Red door with oval window, interior by Steven Gambrel.
Above: Bill Traylor painting
Above: Alberto Burri (1915-1995), Cellotex, 1983-84
Above: Barnett Newman (1905-1970), Achilles, 1952.
Above: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Curses, 2011
Above: Miroco Machiko, Fox of the Night, 2014
Above: Miroco Machiko, Red Shamo, 2013
Above: Patrick Heron (1920-1999), Two Pink Discs in Dark Reds, 1970.
Above: Patrick Heron (1920-1999), White Discs in Two Reds, Oct. 1962.
Above: Poster for Billy Wilder's film One, Two, Three, 1961, designed by Saul Bass.
Above: Poster for a performance of Yugoslavian songs and dances, in Prague, designed by Jaroslav Sura, 1966. Found this here.
Above: Scene from the French film The Red Balloon, 1956.
Above: 45 RPM record adaptor
Above: Great record sleeve.
Above: Bob Dylan's Blond on Blond, with the classic Columbia Records red label.
Above: Big Star, a Memphis rock band, used William Eggleston's photo from Greenwood, Mississippi for their cover.
Above: A favorite band, Television. Adventure was released in 1978.
Above: My brother Josh Clayton-Felt. This was a publicity shot taken by Libba Gillum, in Nashville. He's wearing one of his favorite shirt/jackets here, and you can see the kind warmth that everyone remembers in his smile. He was a musician, lead singer of School of Fish, and a solo artist on A&M as well. Josh passed away in 2000. You can read more about Josh here and also here.
Above: Follower of Rogier van der Weyden, Flemish, (1399/1400-1464), Portrait of a Man, 1450 aprox.
Above: Archibald John Motley Jr. (1891-1981), The Octoroon Girl, 1925. Motley was the second African American artist to have a solo show in NYC. He also created murals for the WPA.
Above: Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), Le Chasseur de Chez Maxim's, 1925. Soutine loved to paint subjects wearing uniforms, as they presented a broad swath of a single color.
Above: Beauford Delaney (1901-1979), Portrait of a Man in Red / Michael Frelich, 1965
Above: Sylvia Sleigh (1916-2010), Portrait of Betty Parsons, 1963
Above: Alice Neel (1900-1984), Roberta Johnson Roensch, 1943-46
Above: Barkley L.Hendricks, Blood (Donald Formey), 1975
Above: Walt Kuhn (1877-1949), Acrobat in Red, 1944
Above: Balthus, Young Girl Asleep (Frederique), 1955
Above: Lois Dodd, Loft View, 1967
Above: Lois Dodd, Night Window-Red, 1972
Above: Scene in a Bedchamber, unknown artist, 1690, collection V&A Museum
Above: Interior by Miles Redd
Above: Kirsten Everberg, Cinema, Balcony (LA Theater), 2010
Above: Raoul Dufy (1877-1953), The Red Orchestra, (1946-1949), Collection Milwaukee Art Museum
Above: Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944), Spring Sale at Bendel's, 1921, Collection Philadelphia Museum of Art
Above: Hallway, Menil House, 1964. Interior designed by Charles James.
Above: Henri Matisse (1869-1954), The Red Studio, Issy-les-Moulineaux, fall 1911
Above: From the V&A show, The Fabric of India, a Tipus Tent
Above: Felice Casorati (1883-1963), Girl on a Red Carpet, 1912
Above: Rudolf Stingel Palazzo Grassi Installation, 2013
Above: Judy Ledgerwood, Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation, 2014
Above: Orly Genger, Installation at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2012
Above: Jan van Eyck, Man in a Turban, 1433, Collection National Gallery, UK
Above: Elizabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun (1755-1842), Countess Vavara Nikolayevna Golovina, 1797-1800. Le Brun often used aristocratic subjects who liked to pose as peasant girls and grape gatherers, including Marie Antoinette. Le Brun kept a red shawl in her studio which she draped around many of her subjects, as in the portrait here. There is an exhibit of her work at the Met currently, February 15- May 15 2016.
Above: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a central character in the historical novel, Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel, which I'm currently reading. Painter unknown.
Above: Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Girl With a Red Hat, 1665-1666
Above: Kazuo Shiraga, Suiju, 1985. Shiraga was part of the Gutai group, a radical Japanese art collective who vowed in the mid fifties to never copy anyone and do something that's never been done before. He was also a Buddhist monk. There's a good article about Shiraga here.
Above: A piece of coral in our studio.
Above: Cy Twombly (1928-2011), Blooming, 2001-2008
Above: Cy Twombly (1928-2011), Bacchus, 2006-08
Above: Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Young Woman Writing, 1908
Above: Classic fairytale style mushroom, Amanita Muscaria.
Above: Troll doll with fiery hair.
Above: Another figure with fiery hair, but this is associated with socialism on the cover of Masses magazine, February 1916. Masses was published from 1911-1917.
Above: William Turnbull, Leaves, Red, 1967, Collection Tate Museum
Above: Henri Matisse lithograph catalog I found at Ursus Books.
Above: Poster for the film The Red Menace, 1949.
Above: Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Cat Illustration from book "25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Pussy", 1954.
Above: Guido Gambone (1909-1969), Sculpture, 1960
Above: Miguel Flores-Vianna photo. Makes you think of other red carpet connotations.
Above and below: Book cover designs by Alvin Lustig.
Above: Book cover design by Paul Rand.
Above: Alexander Calder sculpture
Above: Sir Anthony Caro, Early One Morning, 1962.
Above: Nathan Mabry, The Nostalgia of the Infinite (Le Taureau), 2015. Cherry and Martin is showing Mabry's work April 2nd - May 14 2016.
Above: Lobster waitresses, Atlantic City
Above: Camp Fire Girls
Above: The Big Red Machine, the nickname given to the Cincinnati Reds when they dominated the National league from 1970-1979.
Above: Shriners parade. The Shriners are a fraternity established in 1870 based on fun, fellowship, brotherly love, relief, and truth. They are an appendant society to Freemasonry. Only a Mason can become a Shriner. The Shriners are particularly known for their Children's Hospitals, their red fezzes, and their parades. There is no religious element to their fraternity.
Above: William Eggleston, Untitled, 1970-1973
Above: Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992), Modena, 1973, from his book Kodachrome
Above: Ken Price, from a career survey show at Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, earlier this year.
Above and below: Doyle Lane (1925-2002), ceramics. There's a great essay about Lane by artist Ricky Swallow here.
Above: Red tile wall created by Doyle Lane for Mutual Savings and Loan, 1964. In this photo the wall is set up at Reform Gallery, but it's now in the permanent collection of the Huntington Museum.
Above: Chris Martin at work.
Above: Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1, 2003-2009. The Farm, Kaipara Bay, New Zealand
Above: Jiro Yoshihara Installation, 1956. Yoshihara was a member of the Gutai art collective.
Above: Man Ray (1890-1976), The Lovers, 1936
Above: Christina Hendricks...red hair and red lipstick
Above: Aristide Maillol (1861-1944), Mademoiselle Jeanne Faraill, 1888
Above: Egon Schiele (1890-1918), Reclining Woman with Red Blouse, 1908
Above: Fairfield Porter (1907-1975), Jane Wilson in Red, 1957. Jane Wilson was an artist known for her landscape paintings. She passed away this year at 90.
Above: Beauford Delaney (1901-1979), James Baldwin, 1945
Above: Amadeo Modigliani (1884-1920)
Above: David Benjamin Sherry, Melancholic Metadata, Oregon Coast" 2014
Above: Caravaggio (1571-1610), The Death of the Virgin, 1606, Detail
Above and below: A collection of portraits of Saint Fabiola amassed by artist Francis Alys. Hung salon style over 300 portraits are displayed. Alys has collected these portraits mainly from flea markets and thrift stores in Mexico City. They're mostly painted by amateurs, modeled on a photo of the lost original painted by Jean-Jacques Henner. Fabiola was a catholic woman, born in the 4th century to a wealthy Roman family, and married to an abusive husband. She committed the sin of divorce, remarried, and committed herself to charitable work upon her second husband's death. This installation is at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and it has traveled to other locations as well. There's a good article about this show here.
Above: Illustration of Little Red Riding Hood
Above: Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992), Modena , 1974, from his book Kodachrome
Below: Scott Reeder LOL alternative list