Fei Red, green, Red face, yue White, ten kinds of kam, distant mountains such as Dai, green plum boiled wine, spring wave under the bridge…
If you are also touched by these beautiful names, then congratulations, you have entered a mysterious and beautiful world, called: Traditional Chinese color.
The so-called Chinese traditional color is the way that Chinese people define color, but also the way that Chinese people see the world.
Behind the color, there is a thousand years of Oriental aesthetics and ancient wisdom.However, the traditional color is scattered and difficult to find, which can only be found in historical books, poems, Buddhist scriptures and medical books, and its chromatographic inheritance is even less systematic.In the long run, the beauty of traditional color will gradually be lost in the ancient paper inscriptions.
Guo Hao, a cultural scholar obsessed with color, and Li Jianming, a cultural and creative designer of the Palace Museum, have done a big thing by bringing together the Forbidden City, the quintessence of Chinese aesthetics.
They consulted nearly 400 color-related literature and records, and spent nearly two years to identify 384 traditional Chinese colors, and wrote the book “Traditional Chinese Colors: Color Aesthetics in the Forbidden City.”
In the book, the authors take a close look at the origins and implications of each color’s name.According to the 24 solar terms and 72 phenology, 96 pieces are selected from hundreds of thousands of cultural relics of the Forbidden City, which are timely and appropriate. With exquisite hand-painted drawings, you can enjoy the traditional colors and Chinese flavor hidden in the cultural relics.
Finally, this book is based on the time axis and cultural relics, showing the traditional Chinese color system.
Before the authors tried to justify the names of traditional Chinese colours, there was a bit of confusion about what their names were.Dyeing techniques, costume rituals, literary imagery, all have names, not to mention precise color values.
That’s why yanxi Palace, which was so popular two years ago, has sparked a debate about whether morandi is traditional or not.What the two authors have done is to make explicit the vague traditional Chinese colors, to organize their stories and promote them to the public.Guo Hao excavated and sorted out the materials of ancient books, and established a genealogy for the traditional color in writing.
Li Jianming, on the other hand, had to find the corresponding color from the vast imperial Palace cultural relics according to the documents sorted out, and established a genealogy for the traditional color visually.
Two people complement each other, the color name of each color and color value two corresponding, each other textual research.
They also designed a color card with 24 solar terms as the theme, which is given as a gift along with the book, so that you can take it with you.No matter designers, graphic designers, clothing collocation division, photographers and other visual workers, or people interested in color expression, can easily obtain the same color, learn color matching, get inspiration, play to your heart’s content.
The beauty of traditional colors should be brought into daily life, so that every Chinese can get it and feel it.
There is always an argument that Chinese people are not good at aesthetics, but in fact, in aesthetics, we have influenced Japan, South Korea and other East Asian countries.As Guo Hao, one of the book’s authors, puts it: ‘I suddenly realized how little we had learned about the past.
The significance of color study is aesthetic, and beauty is the best precipitation of a country’s collective consciousness.Aesthetics is not only good looking, but also represents order and civilization.