A Day in #Blue…
One of my favorite colors, ultramarine, is a deep blue. Through history, natural ultramarine was the rarest and most expensive paint pigment. It was made (through a very arduous process I won’t get into) from Lapis Lazuli, a stunning blue stone found mainly in Afghanistan. The stone, is a deep midnight blue with flecks of iron pyrite (fool’s gold) running through it, making it look like a midnight sky filled with twinkling stars. (yes, that is why I love it.) Natural ultramarine was used sparingly by such artists as Michelangelo to create the deepest, most vibrant blues in their works.
Until the 1800’s, when chemists in France came up with a pigment that rivaled the natural, and could be manufactured much cheaper. It was called Ultramarine Blue and became widely used.
Contemporary artists still use this pigment and one of the most famous was Yves Klein. He created intensely colorful sculptures using his own patented version called International Klein Blue. I have seen some his work - it gives new meaning the the word Vibrant. It’s amazing.
Yves Klein was also very famous for his Performance Art that featured International Klein Blue. But given the fact this page is G rated, I will let you Google that… ;)
(From A Day In Blue, a series I posted on 8/28/12 on my Facebook page, Karen Glosser Designs)