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35 Inspiring Color Palettes from Master Painters

Putting together a great color palette for your design work can be one of the most challenging aspects of any project. And many times, color palettes are built from some source of inspiration. So why not be inspired by some of history’s greatest master artists?

Colour Lovers has a lot of great tools including the ability to create color palettes auto-magically from pics you find around the web. It’s a great way to find inspiration when building your palette.

Of course, computer algorithms are not perfect; they miss key accent colors frequently and make questionable decisions on extracting the dominant tones. BUT, this is an exercise in inspiration, so there’s a certain advantage to these imperfections.

Long story short … here are 35 color pallets extracted from the work of some amazing painters with relative ease thanks to the Colour Lovers tools:

William Blake

Ancient of Days

Ancient of Days Color Palette

William Adolphe Bouguereau

Birth of Venus

Birth of Venus Color Palette

Nymphs and Satyr

Nymphs and Satyr Color Palette

Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros

Girl Defending Herself Against Eros Color Palette

Alexandre Cabanel

Cleopatra

Cleopatra Color Palette

Paul Cezanne

The Basket of Apples

The Basket of Apples Color Palette

La Montagne Saint Victoire Barnes

La Montagne Sainte Victoire Color Palette

Leonardo Da Vinci

The Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa Color Palette

St. Anne

St Anne Color Palette

Vitruvian Man

Vitruvian Man Color Palette

Edward Degas

Ballet Rehearsal

Ballet Rehearsal Color Palette

Thomas Eakins

Max Schmitt in a Single Scull

Max Schmitt in a Single Scull Color Palette

Paul Gauguin

Tahitian Women on the Beach

Tahitian Women on the Beach Color Palette

Gustav Klimt

Danae

Danae Color Palette

The Kiss

The Kiss Color Palette

Henri Matisse

The Green Line

The Green Line Color Palette

The Joy of Life

The Joy of Life Color Palette

Claude Monet

Sunrise

Sunrise Color Palette

Jackson Pollock

Lavender Mist

Lavender Mist Color Palette

Number 8

Number 8 Color Palette

Raphael Sanzio

St Catherine of Alexandria

St Catherine Color Palette

St George and the Dragon

St George and the Dragon Color Palette

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

Sistine Chapel Detail

Sistine Chapel Color Palette

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

Self Portrait

Rembrandt Self Portrait Color Palette

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette

Le Moulin de la Galette Color Palette

Girls at the Piano

Girls at the Piano Color Palette

Georges Seurat

Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Sunday Afternoon Color Palette

James Tissot

Croquet

Croquet Color Palette

Seaside

Seaside Color Palette

JMW Turner

The Fighting Temeraire

The Fighting Temeraire Color Palette

Vincent Van Gogh

Red Vineyards

Red Vineyards Color Palette

Starry Night

Starry Night Color Palette

Vase with 12 Sunflowers

Vase with 12 Sunflowers Color Palette

John William Waterhouse

Hylas and the Nymphs

Hylas and the Nymphs Color Palette

The Lady of Shallot

Lady of Shallot Color Palette

 

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