UNIT 1 : MISS JULIE: Colour Scheme

Inspiration: Gustav Klimt  – Judith and the Head of Holofernes (1901).

It depicts the biblical character of Judith holding the severed head of Holofernes.


Many biblical Judith paintings exist, describing the episode in a heroic manner, especially expressing Judith’s courage and her virtuous nature. Judith appears as God’s instrument of salvation, but the violence of her action cannot be denied and is dramatically shown in Caravaggio’s paint.

Klimt deliberately ignores any narrative reference whatsoever and concentrates his pictorial rendering solely on to Judith, so much so that he cuts off Holofernes’ head at the right margin. And there is no trace of the bloodied sword as if the heroine would have used a different weapon: an omission that legitimates association with Salome The moment preceding the killing — the seduction of Nebuchadnezzar’s general — seems to coalesce with the conclusive part of the story. Judith’s face exudes a mixed charge of voluptuousness and perversion. Its traits are transfigured so as to obtain the greatest degree of intensity and seduction, which Klimt achieves by placing the woman on an unattainable plane


The colour gold is the cousin to the colour yellow and brown and is also associated with illumination, love, compassion, courage, passion, magic, and wisdom. Gold is a precious metal that is associated with wealth, grandeur, and prosperity, as well as sparkle, glitz, and glamour, suitable for the 1920s era.

The colour black is usually associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery. A mysterious colour associated with fear and the unknown (black holes). Usually, has a negative connotation but still denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious colour.

Red is the colourof fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense colour . It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It is suitable with the play’s dilemmaa and struggle.

Green is the colour of life, renewal, nature, and energy is associated with meanings of growth, harmony, freshness, safety, fertility, and environment. Green is also traditionally associated with money, finances, banking, ambition, greed, jealousy, and wall street. It helps to emphasize that the world and people keep running with their own lives and keep moving forward while the characters are dealing with their problems.



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