Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Shelley Jackson has written a thought-provoking meditation on the colour mauve for Cabinet magazine. A quote: "What is mauve? That pale violet that makes certain flowers seem to fluoresce at dusk, or the sullen, sullied rose of Victorian lampshades and mourning dresses? A cooler magenta, a gooier violet? Mauve, the color of ish, is defined most clearly by hedging negatives: not quite pink, not quite purple." Read the rest here. Shown above is Sir William Perkin’s original mauve dye, 1856 (Science Museum collection).

Deceptive Mauve

More purplish tones, this time in an allegorical painting of deception by Lorenzo Lippi (1606 - 1665), from the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Angers. I discovered this on the Femme Femme Femme blog, which is dedicated to women in art (both as subject and as artist). Via Amy Crehore's wonderful Little Hokum Rag blog.

Funky Mauve

Just one more. This is Dombra, designed in the 1960's by Maija Isola and Kristina Isola for Marimekko, and still available today (in several colours).
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