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The Colour White

A talk by Dr Gail-Nina Anderson focusing on the particular qualities of the colour white in art

This is the first in a series of talks by Dr Gail-Nina Anderson that focuses not on an artist or a subject, but on the particular qualities of a colour as it has been used in art. The lectures will illustrate the way that colours can come in and out of fashion, play different roles in pictorial composition, display changing cultural and symbolic meanings and become associated with certain painters and artistic movements.

White may seem so basic that we regard it as background rather than colour, but in art it can symbolise purity and represent light. Certain subjects demand it, from fashionably white gowns in Neo-Classical portraiture to dazzling Impressionist snowscapes. It gives us reflective highlights, minimalist abstracts and a wide array of draperies, doves and lilies. The examples discussed will include works by Whistler, Rossetti, Monet, Manet, Malevich and David.


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Date and Time:

18 January 2010 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



Kings Place Gallery
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9AG

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Available from:

Online at http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/spoken-word/talking-art/the-colour-white

Additional Information:

Talk to take place in the St Pancras Room, Level -2 at Kings Place. Nearest tube Kings Cross St Pancras

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