By Florencia Bottinelli January 30, 2021 In Art, Color

Blue in Art

Blue is one of the three primary colors of pigments in painting and traditional color theory, as well as in the RGB color model.
Many artists like Louise Bourgeois, Yves Klein, and Wassily Kandinsky have expressed preference for it. 
According to psychologists, the popularity of the hue may take root in our evolutionary development.

The Egyptians considered to be the firsts to produced synthetically color pigment of blue named Egyptian blue, created around 2,000 B.C.  It was made from ground limestone mixed with sand and a copper-containing mineral, such as azurite or malachite, which was then heated between 1470 and 1650°F. The result was an opaque blue glass which then had to be crushed and combined with thickening agents such as egg whites to create a long-lasting paint. Later the ultramarine was created from lapis lazuli imported from Egypt to Afghanistan.

Also known as true blue, lapis lazuli first appeared as a pigment in the 6th century and was used in Buddhist paintings in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.
It was renamed by Italian traders during the 14th and 15th centuries when the pigment was imported to Europe. It was considered to be just as precious as gold so you need to be wealthy to use it.
It is said that Michelangelo left his painting The Entombment unfinished because he couldn’t afford more ultramarine blue.

The Cobalt blue was used in China back in the 8th and 9th centuries to color porcelain and jewelry. A purer alumina-based version was later discovered by French chemist in 1802. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent Van Gogh started using the new pigment as an alternative to expensive ultramarine.

Cerulean blue was composed of cobalt magnesium stagnate. The color was available as an artistic pigment until 1860. Later in the later 90s Pantone declared the cerulean as The color of the Millenium and the hue of the future.

Jacob Diesbach a German dye maker was working on creating a new red, however, one of his materials had come into contact with animal blood. Instead of making the pigment even more red , the animal blood created a surprising chemical reaction, resulting in a vibrant blue resulting Prussian blue. Pablo Picasso used the Prussian blue pigment exclusively during his blue period, and Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai used it to create his iconic The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

In pursuit of the color of the sky, French artist Yves Klein developed a matte version of ultramarine that he considered the best blue of all. He registered International Klein Blue as a trademark and the deep hue became his signature between 1947 and 1957.

Blue in films

Movies stir up a lot of emotions. The composition of each individual shot in a film is crucial, as are the ideas that come with these shots.

There are both positive and negative components to each color. Within each color are a lote of hues you can break down to specifically find the exact level of emotion you’re seeking and what is related to your story.

Blue color in films tend to represent faith, spirituality, contentment, loyalty, fulfillment peace, tranquility, calm, stability, harmony, unity, trust, truth, confidence, conservatism, security, cleanliness, order, sky, water, cold, technology, depressionIf you’re looking for a subtle way to make a scene resonate emotionally, there may be no better way than choosing a color associated with the emotion you are trying to evoke.

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