ARTICLE SUMMARY: When it comes to art it has taken centuries to figure out what the primary colors are and how to use them.

In “A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE ARTIST’S PALETTEPhilip Ball explores the science and stories behind the pigments from the red ochre of Lascaux to Yves Klein’s blue.

Philip Ball also discusses the controversy on how after it has taken centuries to figure what the primary colors that there are now some artists  who think we should do away with them.

Whether you paint in oil or watercolor, or even if you’re a designer, this article is very interesting and helps shed some light on how we look at color and color theory today. Well worth reading.

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