Isn’t painting using just the ordinary paint one of the most fun thing to do? It looks amazing on walls, on canvas, and surface. But have you ever thought how the history of painting came about? The secret came about in the 1800s.
Making Of Paint
During the earliest times, the most common ingredient found in most paints was the cow urine. The eggs were also used as binding agents. Not just urine, but also saliva and animal fats were also used to prepare the paint.
The depth and the color of these paints are still allure among makers of paint and painters. These are all the natural paint materials available to men. The first men to make paint were the South African from a tribe called the Blombos cave men.
Today, there are new painting techniques, and painting has become so technological that one uses digital imaging techniques to make paints.
Still, the historical evolution of colors has gone through many stages such as Medieval, all the Renaissance periods, and then Neo-Classicism, where paintings were rather simplistic, romanticism where national watercolor society did great work and later stages of time.
During the medieval ages, the paints that were already present were yellow, ochre brown, lime, and white, and most of the painters used only these few colors. But since the primary colors were already there, so many more colors were also made, painters painted flesh tones, green earth was a popular color. The concept of an azurite sky that we see today has been in existence since the middle ages.
Paint Through The Ages
Palettes existed before the Neoclassicism stage, and this became even more famous in the later generations. Many shades of yellow paint started to be seen, such as lead-tin yellow, Naples yellow, and orpiment.
The work of painting is always going on; new colors are being discovered until today. Paints are taking another level every day, and realism has also seen paints of its time.
Greece and Rome gave the world many colors, and those have been present from the Neo-Classicism time until now and has not gone lost in antiquity.
There were so many colors during this age that even the severe and heroic works could be translated. Then came a time when oil on canvas became very popular. This color evolution is called the color leap whereby colors have evolved from the earlier to the present ages.
The 1920s were called the roaring 20s, and the colors of this decade were bright blue bay, mown grass color, and crafted white. The 1930s were the reds and blacks that represented the abundant life; the 1940s was a time for rusty orange and honeysuckle yellow. The 1950s were a time for french rose color, cooled blue, and good beige. Then came the 1960s when the most loved shade of all time was the beautiful pink, then came to 1970s, the age of grandparents where the primary colors were classic red and tricorn black. The 1980s had white as the most popular color, and so was indigo as the color, 1990s was the age of many colors such as winterscape blue, and caviar color, finally the 2000s where the colors of the decade were modern and fresh colors like mushroom color and blacks.
The people have given a touch of meaning to different paint colors, such as blue would be the favorite color of men, orange and yellow promote cheer, purple means respect and royalty. We have thus seen what the colors meant throughout history. Still, we will also see the exuberant minimalism of the 2010s.
The paints of the 2010s have been polished copper, lush colors, and social bubbles. Baby blue serenity was the color of the year in 2019. Colors and the types have been bursting at the bubble since the Millenium was ringing in.