Quotes About Black

Quotes About Black

Quotes About the Color Black

There’s something about black. You feel hidden away in it.

Georgia O’Keeffe, American painter recognized as the "Mother of American Modernism", 1887-1986

There’s something about black. You feel hidden away in it. - Georgia O’Keeffe #color #quotes

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“Black is not a color.”-Edouard Manet

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Black is not a color.

Edouard Manet, French realist/Impressionist painter, 1832-1883

What, you haven’t any ivory-black on your palette? If you think you are going to make black with blue and red, I can’t have you in my class. You might stir up trouble with such ideas.”

Fernand Cormon, French Historical painter, 1845-1924

Black is a color of power and strength, and to see all those players, with the captains linking their arms in front-it’s a powerful picture.

Hayden Fry, American coach, b. 1929

"Black is such a happy color darling."-Morticia Addams

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Black is such a happy color darling.

Morticia Addams, Fictional character from The Addams Family comic strip, 1960s television show and 1990s film

Without black, no color has any depth. But if you mix black with everything, suddenly there's shadow - no, not just shadow, but fullness. You've got to be willing to mix black into your palette if you want to create something that's real.

Minnie Pearl, American Country comedian, 1912-1996 (As recounted by singer Amy Grant)

“Any color, so long as it’s black.”-Attributed to Henry Ford

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Any color, so long as it’s black.

Attributed to Henry Ford, Founder of the Ford Motor Company, 1863–1947

Any color, so long as it’s black. - Attributed to Henry Ford #color #quotes

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Black is real sensation, even if it is produced by entire absence of light. The sensation of black is distinctly different from the lack of all sensation.

Hermann von Helmhoz German physician and physicist, 1821-1894

There is an undeniable virtue to a true black; allowing the brain to be mesmerized and pulling the pupils deep into that unfound but sensed abyss.

Jamie Lavin, American artist

I'll stop wearing black when they invent a darker color.

Wednesday Addams, Fictional character from The Addams Family comic strip, 60s television show and 90s film

I'll stop wearing black when they invent a darker color. - Wednesday Friday Addams #color #quotes

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Black is like a broken vessel, which is deprived of the capacity to contain anything.

Leonardo da Vinci
, an Italian polymath and painter, 1452-1519

I fell in love with black; it contained all color. It wasn’t a negation of color…Black is the most aristocratic color of all… You can be quiet, and it contains the whole thing.”

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Black seems to make a color cloudy, but darkness doesn’t. A ruby could thus keep getting darker without ever becoming cloudy; but if it became blackish red, it would become cloudy.

Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein, Austrian philosopher, 1889-1951

I love black because it affirms, designs and styles. A woman in a black dress is a pencil stroke.

Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer, regarded as one of the greatest names in fashion history, 1936-2008

I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black!

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French Impressionist painter, 1841-1919

It's too easy to say that orange is happy and black is sad. To me, black is perfect. You can fill it with the emotion you want to express.

Ann Demeulemeester, Belgian fashion designer, b. 1959

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  • Naa A. says:

    My favorite is Black is alpha and omega . From black, all colors form, and into black, all colors come… and vanish.

  • Victor Negro says:

    Black is the alpha and omega. From black, all colours form, and into black all colours come…and vanish.

    • Naa A. says:

      Mr. Victor Negro, I really like your color quote. I am only 11 and I wish I could write one one day

      • Kate Smith says:

        You may just write something people will be posting on their website one day. 🙂

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