Many consider cerulean as the color of the sky, overlapping between blue and azure. It’s opaque, lightfast properties coming from time sales and silica with cobalt sulphate make it a permanent addition to the artist palette.
Its name comes from the trade name Coerulum in the 1800s, which is derived form the Latin word ‘caerleus’ meaning ‘dark blue’ and ‘sky’.
This blue is a color for artists.For a while, it was difficult for painters to find a blue that will stand the test of time, as lapis lazuli and azurite are too expensive and rare to be mass produced. Its history started when chemist Jean-Louis Thenard discovered cobalt blue in 1802, which aided the progress of making blue pigments. There was a discovery for a new blue pigment-making process which resulted in the cobaltous stannate. Cerulean blue was born from heating tin oxides with cobalt. Pigment maker Winsor & Newton writes:
“Cerulean Blue quickly became a staple pigment for water colourists and oil painters in the late 19th Century. The Industrial Revolution was well under way and painters welcomed new synthetic pigments to extend their palettes. Cerulean Blue was adopted by the Impressionists and can be found in the sky of Monet’s La Gare Saint-Lazare, 1877. Cerulean Blue is an ideal colour for landscape artists. It is a pure pigment that mixes well with other colours and variations of the colour are available in oil, watercolour and acrylic.”
Cerulean is definitely a color you can recognize in photography. Akin to painting, good color negative films like the Lomography Color Negative 400 will accurately capture this shade of blue. For alternatives, pushing a film might give that extra brightness for your skies and seas.
Upload those cerulean skies and seas from your summer getaways in your LomoHome.