Alexander Liberman

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Small Format, Big Style: Images from the Alexander Liberman Photography Archive Now Available

Coco Chanel, Alexander Liberman
Coco Chanel, Alexander Liberman. The Getty Research Institute, 2000.R.19

The Getty Research Institute and Artstor partner to offer 1,500 digitized images by the prolific photographer. More»

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      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

      12/19/14

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