I did this a while ago with the color blue, inspired by a British art history documentary. For the Fourth of July, how about red? Red is one of my favorite colors, and always reminds me of my mom (a redhead). So, here for your momentary enjoyment, I present a very brief visual history of red.
Side note: As a historian, I feel a slave to linear time–so, it will not be a chronological history!
Other side note: (Did I miss your favorite art work embodying the color red? Message me and let me know!)
Rothko, Untitled, 1968
Salvador Dali, Elephants, 1948
Jan Van Eyck, Portrait of a Man in Red Turban, 1433
Johannes Vermeer, Girl in Red Hat, 1665-1666
Georgia O’Keeffe, Red Amaryllis, 1937
Andy Warhol, Self Portrait, 1986
Giovanni Bellini, Madonna and Child Standing on a Parapet, 1460s
Amedeo Modigliani, Young Redhead in Evening Dress, 1918
Vincent Van Gogh, Almond Blossom Series, 1888-1890
Rothko, Untitled, 1970