Journal: Color Inspiration: Blue

Color Inspiration: Blue

By Petrolicious Productions
January 23, 2013

Design and color have a large part to play in the history of the automotive world. Here, we’ve married the two things together for the purpose of showcasing some automotive beauty.

Some facts about the color blue:

1. At the beginning of the 20th century, many artists recognized the emotional power of blue, and made it the central element of paintings. During his Blue Period, Pablo Picasso used blue and green—with hardly any warm colors—to create a melancholy mood. In Germany, Wassily Kandinsky and other Russian émigrés formed the art group called Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), and used blue to symbolise spirituality and eternity. Henri Matisse used intense blues to express the emotions he wanted viewers to feel.

2. In German, to give someone a blue eye (blaues auge) is to look at them with anger or hostility. On the other hand, a person who regularly looks upon the world with a blue eye is a person who is rather naive.

3. Blue is commonly used in the Western hemisphere to symbolise boys, in contrast to pink used for girls. In the early 1900s, blue was the colour for girls, since it had traditionally been the colour of the Virgin Mary in Western Art), while pink was for boys (as it was akin to the colour red, considered a masculine colour).

4. In China, the colour blue is commonly associated with torment, ghosts, and death. In a traditional Chinese opera, a character with a face powdered blue is a villain.

5. In Turkey and Central Asia, blue is the colour of mourning.

6. In Russian and some other languages, there is no single word for blue, but rather different words for light blue (голубой, goluboy) and dark blue (синий, siniy).


Photo Sources (clockwise from top left): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (by Speedhunters), 10 (by Steven Pham Photography), 11 (by Lee Worrall), 12

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Raman Vivek
Raman Vivek
11 years ago

color series driving me nuts

Sid Widmer
Sid Widmer
11 years ago

I’m partial to Avus Blue. I had a ’95 M3 in Avus and it just looked so right on that car.


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