Complementary colors are colors across from one another in the color wheel. Artists would sometimes put these colors next to each other.  Notice what happens when they pair these colors

Blue & Orange

Have you ever seen orange and blue next to each other? Would you wear a blue hat and an orange shirt?

What happens when blue and orange are next to each other? Do the colors look brighter to you?

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Georges Seurat, French (1859-1891). The Channel at Gravelines, Petit-Fort-Philippe, 1890. Oil on panel. Gift of Henry W. and Marion H. Bloch, 2015.13.22.