Thursday, October 6, 2011

More Blue...

 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.

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