Colour and the artist’s palette: Feeling Blue, by Lynne Gibson SOLD OUT
- The Wallace Collection |
- Talk |
- Wednesday, 20 January 2016 - 14:30 until 15:30
Blue is the colour of skies and the Virgin’s gown. It was the most valuable pigment on the artist’s palette, imported from the Himalayas and costing more than gold. Fresco, then oil paints, led to the use of cheaper azurite. From the 18th century chemistry brought new, inexpensive strong blues to all palettes, and Queen Victoria popularised mauve dye for fashionable dresses. From mysterious Tyrian purple, to luscious lapis lazuli, cheap and cheerful azurite to synthetic Prussian, cobalt and ultramarine, Lynne Gibson will look at a wide range of paintings to discover the symbolism, science and psychology of ‘feeling blue’.
This event has been organised by the London Events Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.