Arthur Buxton’s Pallet Pies

Arthur Buxton’s work engages with data visualisations methods that use colour extraction tools to explore trends in painting and print media. Using open source software the artist extracts colours from images gathered online to create charts and timelines that typically display the five most common colours in each image as a percentage. In this instance the removal of figurative and formal elements from an image present a series of colour harmonies and trends, alluding to sampling methods, information graphics, automation technologies and objective forms of re-presentation.” -CFPR Editions

And VOILA! An interesting look at the painting pallets of 10 artists from the late 19th through early 20th centuries. Not only that, Buxton gives us a look into the artists’ color evolution. Each circle represents one painting and displays the 5 most prominent colors proportionally. Neat!

Arthur Buxton Impressionist color pallets

Obviously, there is quite a bit of simplification here…but it is interesting data none the less! If you’re interested, he sells prints of this work here. Other prints feature certain artists exclusively, like Van Gogh, Monet, Klee, Kandinsky, Gauguin, Macke, and Matisse (see examples below).


“ARTHUR BUXTON” Center for Fine Print Research; University of the Weat of England. Web. 13 July 2013.


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