What is Modern Art’s Favorite Color?

Martin Bellander, a PhD psychology student at the Karolinska Institutet, created a data visualization that illustrates the use of various colors in paintings over the past 200 years. Bellander pulled the data from a website that offers images of over 94,000 paintings between 1800-2000. The visualization shows a significant trend toward the use of the color blue, possibly the reflecting changing prices in paint, an artistic affinity for the color or even the resulting influence of Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period between 1901-1904.