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David Goldblatt’s Photographs of South Africa Join the Getty Museum’s Collection

David Goldblatt (South African, born 1930), Young Men with dompas, White City, Jabavu, Soweto, November 1972, Gelatin silver print, 22.9 x 22.9 cm (9 x 9 in.), The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council, © David Goldblatt
Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © David Goldblatt

Candid photographs of racially divided neighborhoods and cities during apartheid join the collection. 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.

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