Artists have used red to express passion, the warmth of the hearth, political determination, and the heat of social struggle. Red suggests emergency: the Red Cross, the red of the fire engine. Works in this section feature red shapes, patterns, and textures that communicate heat. Red-hot can also speak of a passionate emotional state, whether it's romantic love, spiritual devotion, or political commitment.

Blair Bruce The Smiths, 1894

Jean McEwen Red Interlacings, 1961

Claude François Saint Bonaventure, 1655


Jane Ash Poitras A Sacred Prayer for a Sacred Island, 1991


Arshile Gorky Charred Beloved II, 1946 © Estate of Arshile Gorky / ADAGP (Paris) / SODRAC (Montreal) 2000