The history of color would be an amazing topic to research. It is hard to imagine a world without color. From the earliest days of mankind, color has been used to fascinate and entertain.
Gutenberg<e> gives us another great book, The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Sarah Lowengard. The author states, “By the eighteenth century, the production of dyes, pigments and glazes were well established industries. The need for color was well known. The search for new colors, or for improved methods to produce known ones, was constant throughout Europe, throughout the eighteenth century. Color was a subject of systematic experimental and theoretical investigations in the sciences. Color production techniques were subject to an equally intense market-conscious if not market-driven scrutiny.”
This book looks like an interesting source of information on color history. The author continues, “The quest for new colors and for improvement to understanding more generally could look to the sciences for order and direction. The search for new colors and improvements to existing ones were ways to connect science to public advancement and politeness, ways that carried hints of potential personal gain. Throughout the eighteenth century, people from all social and economic backgrounds thought about color, experimented with color, and offered their own notions of how to explain it, how to use it, and how to improve it.”
This book also has the focus of documenting the transfer of thought from one nation to another. Technology of the era is discussed often in this text. Yet it always returns to color.
Sarah Lowengard says of her book’s focus, “By moving color—not art, not pigments, not dyes, or textiles, or pots or glazes, or scientific theories, or special techniques—into the center, we can look at the way all these components functioned together.”
Be sure to click the Media Index at the top of the “books” pages. You will find a wealth of amazing images concerning the study of color and various pigments. The pictures help to tell the history of an ongoing interest in the nature of color.
- Scientific Color [Oscillator] (scienceblogs.com)
- Choosing the Right Color for Your Business [Radhika Fofalia] (ecademy.com)