‘The crazy girl’ Amedeo Bocchi
White is a colour and not only for how we see it but also for the symbolic meanings we attribute to it. White has its own otherness, and expresses positive values.
I remember the amazement and enchantment of the mountains, when I was a child and snow fell … which we then relive as adults, to go back to being children and want to rediscover that magic: from the modern imagination of a Christmas fairy tale, to free time and sports. What would winter in the mountains be without its ‘white’!
When the temperature drops and the air is cold, the humidity of the clouds turns into tiny ice crystals. With the wind, these tiny star decorations, different from each other, come together in multiple snowflakes, covering the landscape in an immaculate blanket, in the quiet of a suspended atmosphere.
Putting aside the ‘picture book dreamer’ I must say that the existence and use of white it is sometimes obvious that one forgets the positive and negative value that can determine and influence the choice. We are the ones who make sense of colour and meaning. I am thinking of the supremacy of white over other colours, almost a chromatic moral of an achromatic colour (it has brightness but is unsaturated, without tint).
First of all it is not easy to obtain it: it is not obtained by mixing other colored shades together. We need to start with a special white pigment. Throughout the history, various experiments have taken place. The idea of white is ‘lived’ on a sheet of paper, the beginning on a blank page, in the concept of a white wall, the cleanliness of the laundry, in foods such as milk, flour , a flower … imagine the ghosts in their white transparency and the whitening of fear, the chalk and talcum powder , the linen of the past, with laces and handkerchiefs …
In China it symbolizes mourning, in Japan sacredness with a positive meaning, in some parts of Africa sadness and misfortune … Then there is the misunderstanding of the idolatry of white in architecture: for centuries the Greek ruins and bone colored Roman, have been used by Western aesthetics as a touchstone: from the architect Andrea Palladio to the marble sculptures of Antonio Canova, from the studies of Wickelmann to Goethe. The reality of the facts is that classical statuary was not necessarily white.
… ‘God paints in many colours, but he never does it so well as when he paints white’ – G.K.Chesterton
How many meanings can White take: it is innocent, intact, uncontaminated. It can be associated with the morning hours, with a new beginning, light and fresh, sublimating the everyday: it illuminates everything that surrounds us, in its simple beauty.
White enhances the sense of space like no other colour, in homes it is appreciated for its properties: full of bright light. It is sophisticated and elegantly modest, simple, easy, and durable. It goes beyond the trends: white walls, dyed in a milky colour will never tire. The white and off-white palettes are used in design as well as in construction with any style. It is a powerful colour: layers of different whites inspire more different surfaces . It is an impersonal colour, yet capable of transmitting a profound elegance.
Personalities according to the colour White
Those who love this color reveal a tendency to fatalism, but at the same time express creativity and imagination and sensitivity of mind Those who prefer White have the continuous desire for change and are stimulated by novelties that life presents to him. He has faith in others and in all that the future holds for him, then creating illusions for himself, sinning with naivety. Pragmatic and rational. According to some color tests, those who prefer white are like an open book, do not hide, neutral and independent, often a perfectionist, critical of themselves and others. But with a great desire for simplicity.