If you are looking for a book to peruse this weekend – something a little off the beaten path- you might consider “Blue” by Michael Pastoureau. I came across this book a while back and started reading it out of curiosity. It was nothing like I expected!
The book is basically an Art History book, but with a focus on the color blue. I guess I had never given it much thought, but colors have quite an interesting history. Blue has gone from being considered “inferior” during the time of the Roman, all the way to being THE color of colors. In fact, most paintings used blue to identify the Virgin Mary. I found it very interesting how many elements contribute to a color going in and out of fashion. The book is loaded with great illustrations as well.
Pastoureau also touches on things like symbolism and iconography as well. As an artist, you can’t help but find this stuff interesting. It might even give you a few ideas that you can incorporate into your next fine art piece! If you think learning about color is something for painters and not photographers, you couldn’t be more wrong.
I hope you will pick up a copy of this book and spend some time with it. Think of it as an investment in your art education – something you just can’t get enough of. I guarantee you, it will make you look at the color blue in a slightly different way! Let me know what you think!