Cobalt blue

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Cobalt blue is a cool blue colour. People used to make it using cobalt salts. Cobalt blue is used widely by artists. Many pieces of glassware have this colour--glassware that does have this colour is called cobalt glass.

The first written use of cobalt blue as a colour name in English was in 1777.[1]

Meaning of cobalt blue[change | edit source]

  • John Varley suggested cobalt blue as a good substitution for ultramarine blue for painting skies.
  • Maxfield Parrish, famous partly for the intensity of his skyscapes, used cobalt blue, and cobalt blue is sometimes called Parrish blue as a result.
  • Cobalt blue was the primary blue pigment used in Chinese blue and white porcelain for centuries, beginning in the late 8th or early 9th century.[2]

Tones of cobalt blue colour comparison chart[change | edit source]

  • COBALT BLUE (Hex: #0047AB) (RGB: 0, 71, 171)
  • Zaffre (Hex: #0014AB) (RGB: 0, 20, 171)
  • Smalt (Dark Powder Blue) (Hex: #003399) (RGB: 0, 51, 63)
  • Spanish Cobalt Blue (Cobalt Blue (Gallego & Sanz)) (Hex: #00438A) (RGB: 0, 67, 138)
  • Thenard Blue (Gallego & Sanz) (Hex: #333C87) (RGB: 51, 60, 135)

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References[change | edit source]

  1. Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 91; Color Sample of Cobalt Blue: Page 131 Plate 34 Color Sample L7
  2. "Chinese visual arts » Stylistic and historical development, 1206–1912 » Yüan dynasty (1206–1368) » Ceramics." Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Accessed 14 May 2009.