Color Schemes  -  ANALOGOUS

On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt, 1868.* Oil on canvas.
Art Institute of Chicago.
Potter Palmer Collection


Both paintings shown here are examples of analogous schemes.

Other examples of analogous colors:  (each row represents a group)


The analogous color scheme employs 3 colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. One color is used as a dominant color while others are used to enrich the scheme. The analogous scheme is similar to the monochromatic one, but offers more shades of color.

One of the advantages this color scheme has over the monochromatic is that not only is easy to create, but it provides a richer, more colorful solution.  This color scheme, even when more vibrant than single color compositions, it is not as vibrant as the complementary scheme.

When using this type of color combination, avoid some common downfalls:

  • Don't use too many hues.  Too many colors may disrupt the balance and harmony of color.

  • Don't combine warm and cool colors.

Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare, 1877. 
Oil on canvas.  Art Institute of Chicago.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection


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