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The Revenge of Blue in Art

"Blue has no dimensions, it is out of dimension, while the other colors do." This quote from the painter Yves Klein, known for his blue monochromes, shows the power of fascination of this color. Long denigrated, blue has triumphed in history and in art, to the point of becoming the favorite color of Westerners. Often associated with the sky and the sea, blue is also considered an invitation to calm and daydream. We invite you to take a brief overview of blue and discover the Painters who have made it their favorite color.

The fabulous destiny of blue

If for the peoples of the Near and Middle East, blue is a beneficial color that wards off the forces of evil, it is quite different in the West. During Antiquity, in Europe, blue was not taken seriously, even despised. It is not a "worthy" color, unlike red. But, in the 12th century, miraculously, it burst forth in all its splendor in the churches. The Virgin Mary is dressed in a blue cloak, it is the consecration! Royalty appropriated this color, soon imitated by the aristocracy and then the bourgeoisie. Blue triumphed from the 18th century during which new shades were imported from the New World and became fashionable. With the Romantic movement, blue became the symbol of melancholy and dreams.

Blue, a precious color

Before the arrival of paints in tubes, Artists had to make their own color mixtures from pigments and a binder. The natural substances that were used to make the blue could be of vegetable origin (like indigo leaves) or mineral (like turquoise, amazonite). Ultramarine blue was more espensive than gold because of the high price of the precious stone from which it was obtained, the lapis lazuli, which came from Afghanistan. If Prussian blue was obtained by chance while trying to make red with ox blood, Yves Klein had to work for 5 years with a chemist before obtaining his famous blue.

Blue, a fascinating color

In 1885, the Painter Van Gogh thus expressed his enthusiasm for Cobalt blue, "there is nothing so beautiful for creating space around objects". In the famous collages of the painter Matisse, blue strikes with its luminosity, as if the Mediterranean sun had warmed up this color traditionally classified as "cold". For Geneviève Asse, a major artist on the French scene since the 1950s, blue is a color that "vibrates" and fills you with joy. Her paintings seem to be anchored where sea and sky merge. If the British painter David Hockney loves blue so much, it is because he is fascinated by water, as evidenced by his series of Californian swimming pools from the 1960s. This sunny blue will also illuminate his portraits and landscapes full of life and colors.

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