Colour champion Pantone has just announced their Colour of the Year for 201818-3838 Ultra Violet. It’s a provocative and thoughtful shade that oozes originality, ingenuity, a dream-like quality and a vision of the future. It evokes a counterculture flair, an optimism and an empowerment to find new ways to interpret our lives and surroundings.

Explore 2018’s colour trend with art images that showcase this compelling hue:

Dark Red-Violet Panel (acrylic lacquer on aluminum), Kelly, Ellsworth (1923-2015) / Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, USA / Xenia and J. Irwin Miller Fund / Bridgeman Images

Dark Red-Violet Panel (acrylic lacquer on aluminum), Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) / Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, USA / Xenia and J. Irwin Miller Fund / Bridgeman Images

violet-purple-ballerinas-degas-edgar-dancers

Dancers in Violet (pastel on paper), Edgar Degas / Musee du Docteur Faure, Aix-les-Bains, France / Bridgeman Images

Spiral Construction or Spiral Perpendicular Construction or Spiral Horizontal Construction or Seated Woman (Costruzione spiralica), by Umberto Boccioni, 1913, 20th Century, oil on canvas, 95 x 95 cm, Boccioni, Umberto (1882-1916) / Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy / Mondadori Portfolio/Electa/Luca Carrà / Bridgeman Images

Spiral Construction or Spiral Perpendicular Construction or Spiral Horizontal Construction or Seated Woman (Costruzione spiralica), by Umberto Boccioni, 1913, 20th Century / Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy / Mondadori Portfolio / Electa / Luca Carrà / Bridgeman Images

violet-wave-georges-lacombe-painting-art-history

The Violet Wave, c.1895-6 (oil on canvas), Georges Lacombe / Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images

Vertigo, Peter Szumowski (Contemporary Artist) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Vertigo, Peter Szumowski (Contemporary Artist) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

 The Contarini Palace, 1908 (oil on canvas), Monet, Claude (1840-1926) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images

The Contarini Palace, 1908 (oil on canvas), Claude Monet / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

giacomo-balla-purple-form-spirit-transformation-futurist

: Form-Spirit Transformation, 1916, Giacomo Balla / Mondadori Portfolio / Electa / Sergio Anelli / Bridgeman Images

purple-violet-pantone-head-woman-edward-burne

Head of a Woman, 1890s (gold paint on purple ground), Edward Coley Burne-Jones / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK / Bridgeman Images

violet-purple-colour-pantone-blue-patrick-heron-abstract

Blue, Brown, Emerald in Violet: August 1969, Patrick Heron / Private Collection / Photo © Offer Waterman & Co. / Bridgeman Images

and a lady who can often be seen in this shade…

purple-obama-michelle-christmas-tree-dress-celebrity

President and Michelle Obama pose in front of the Official White House Christmas Tree (detail) Dec. 6 2009. Michelle wears a purple pleated chiffon dress with a corset lacing back by Peter Soronen with Tom Binns necklace., / Everett Collection / Bridgeman Images

Discover more

See more violet images in the archive

Get in touch at uksales@bridgemanimages.com for more information on licensing and clearing copyright