The Easel

The power and glory of red

Colour, observes the writer, is all about culture. Red has always been associated with power – hence “the impulse to make red vermilion spanned the old world from end to end”. The chemical discoveries of the 19th century demystified much but new conundrums now exist. Neuroscience defines colour as a sensation: ““Is a red dress still red when there is no one to look at it?” asked Goethe…. The answer then and now is ‘No’”.