Seeing Blue: John Griswold Curates “A Revolution of the Palette”

Blue is the world’s most popular color. But there was a time when it was expensive and hard to create for artists wishing to capture it in painting — until the discovery of synthetic blue.

That story and its effect on oil painting is the subject of “A Revolution of the Palette: The First Synthetic Blues and Their Impact on French Artists,” an exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum, curated by John Griswold.

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