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House with a Red Roof

Karl Pärsimägi House with a Red Roof 1920–1930s oil, canvas 43.1 x 42.3 cm

Karl Pärsimägi has also been categorised as a fauvist because he loved pure and powerful colour surfaces. Pärsimägi preferred clear, large areas of colour over details. Thus we also see sharp contrast between the blue sky and the red roof of the house in this work. In the interests of the harmony of colours in this painting, a boat with a red bottom has been painted to go with the red roof, so that the two of them form an interesting pair of colours. The lower right-hand corner of the painting, on the other hand, is a battleground of various colours, where instead of surfaces, Pärsimägi has placed colours alongside each other as stripes and lines.