What's in a colour, or when is black #black
enough? Bone black-the darkest #pigment
available to #Oldmasters
was made out or burnt bones, morbidly appropriate to most of the themes imortalised in the nature morte tableaux of the time. Throw some red or orange a la #Soulages
and you have an aggressive, unsettling feeling, whereas his all-black art is so serene and meditative. "I have been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colours is black" said #Renoir-a
colour that was out of favour with his Impressionist contemporaries. Carrier of civilisation through the art of writing since time immemorial, it was deemed as a non-colour by Isaac Newton, same fate reserved for white too. Black is a more of a state and a status and less so a colour, it is simply #unforgettable,
see Kandinsky's tremendous black square. During the Tang dynasty, colours were perceived as vulgar, since black ink was thought adequate means of artistic expression. it is hard not to see the point; in the image above is depicted the Ionian sea at night, as photographed by #Sugimoto
in 1993, an entire and infinite world, right in there in a little black frame. Carpe Noctem dears.