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Vincent Van Gogh was influenced by the brilliant colors in Japanese wood block prints and even painted a reproduction of one, titled The Courtesan. Dan is the name for female roles in Chinese opera, often referring to leading roles. They may be played by either actors or actresses. Exaggerated paints on opera performer's face which ancient warriors decorated themselves to scare the enemy are used in the opera; each color has a different meaning. They are used to symbolize a character's role, fate, and illustrate the character's emotional state and general character. White symbolizes sinister, evil, crafty, treacherous, and suspicious. Any performer with white painted face usually takes the part of a villain of the show. The larger the white painted area, the crueler the role. Green denotes impulsive behavior, violence, no self-restraint or self-control. Red stands for bravery or loyalty. Black denotes boldness, fierceness, impartiality, rough. Yellow symbolizes ambition, fierceness, or intelligence. Blue stands for steadfastness (someone who is loyal and sticks to one side no matter what). Pink symbolizes sophistication, and cool-headedness. Moreover, paint figures have different types. For instance, overall painted face, and only painted in the center of the face, connecting eyes and nose.
August 5th, 2017
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