The Color Blue in Art

What would art be without color? Blue--the celestial, the nautical, the divine, the royal, the spiritual color, precious and rare--always had a special place in art. What is this color made of? Blue is difficult to find in nature--it mostly appears as the reflection of light. Blue pigments are rare: Egyptian Blue (used in ancient Egypt), Ultramarine (ground Lapis lazuli, a precious, expensive material used since the Middle Ages), Prussian Blue (1706), Cobalt (1802) and YInMn Blue, the newest discovery (2009). How have artists used this color? Giotto, Leonardo, Titian, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Caspar David Friedrich, Hokusai, van Gogh, C├ęzanne, Picasso in his blue period, the Blue Rider, Rene Magritte, Edvard Munch, Yves Klein, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, James Turrell--we will explore how these and other artists used blue masterfully.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with important masterpieces from the Middle Ages to today
  • An understanding of the significance of the color Blue in Art

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Aspiring and practicing arts professional
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