I've been rereading the book, BLUE: THE HISTORY OF A COLOR, by Michel Pastoureau. It is a bit academic, but full of interesting facts about the color blue and its history.
Did you know that the word "jeans" comes from the italo-english word "genoese", which means from Genoa? The canvas that Levi Strauss used to make his original pants came from a family of fabrics from Genoa. When he began using denim, the name stayed "jeans" even though the fabric changed.
|Hockney, Nicholas Wilder Studying Picasso, 1982|
Whenever I think of blue and modern painters, David Hockney comes to mind. I love his polaroid composites! And of course, his use of blue.
|Hockney, A Bigger Splash, 1967.|