Blue is somewhat of an illusion. It surrounds us completely, yet is always out of reach. The rich color of the ocean disappears once you hold it in your hands, and fades from the sky every night. It’s hard to pin down, and hard to find.
Blue pigment, residing primarily in Afghanistan as lapis lazuli, was used sparingly through out art history. This all changed with the industrial revolution, when the artists’ paintbox exploded into the rainbow it is today. Now artists can use any shade they want; cerulean, prussian, and my personal favorite, french ultramarine.
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