the colors of white

what color is white? The great American painter John Singer Sargent has plumbed the depth of ‘white’ as much or more than anyone.

Marble Quarries at Carrara
The Wyndham Sisters, 1899

White receives the reflected colors of its neighbors, the smallest change in angle or direction, bouncing light from different sources.

Sargent saw more colors of white in a single field than most of us will in our lives.

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