Friday, May 22, 2009

Color of the Day - Yellow

Yellow, 1908 – Yellow is a splendid shade, and one that is both subtle and mysterious. The Burmese – a race that is most cunning m psychic matters – make a deep study of its varying effects, and use it in all their garments of ceremony. But, with us, yellow has been for many years greatly and most unjustly despised. It is one of the finest of colours, with many exquisite shades, and only when too pure is it unmanageable. The cold, pale primrose, that shines like a light in the hedgerows, may be massed about a young face with impunity. Apricot is beautiful for some people, and ambers of all shades are exceedingly good and becoming A fair woman looks well in pale yellow and brown, the effect being well shown in the third of the following illustrations; and deep orange suits a brunette. A dull tawny shade, once called “buff,” is also most becoming. Yellow was a favourite colour with most of the old masters. …In fact, yellow is the “sun colour,” is most lucky, and suits almost everyone.
Strand Magazine, January 1908

excerpt from:
Elephant's Breath and London Smoke
edited by Deb Salisbury
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