Blue Is The New Orange. Here Are 28 Gorgeous Examples Of The Pigment's Place In Art History

April 15, 2015 1:20 PM

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Blue Is The New Orange. Here Are 28 Gorgeous Examples Of The Pigment's Place In Art History

This is just a handful of the many 20th century artists who've dipped their brush in a pool of blue pigment. From Picasso's much-studied "Blue Period" to Klein's invention of IKB (International Klein Blue), painters in particular seemed to have gone bananas -- or maybe blueberries? -- over the cool color choice.

However, according to Swiss Ph.D. student Martin Bellander, the rampant use of the color blue -- whether it's lapis or indigo or cerulean -- is actually a pretty recent trend. In a data analysis project posted online, Bellander surveyed around 94,526 paintings made between 1800 and 2000 and found th...

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