More Sunny Colours (after A. Munsell)

To explain better my previous post (Sunny Colours) and this one, I must be a little boring:

Albert Henry Munsell (Boston, USA, 1858 – 1918) was a painter and professor of art at the Massachusetts Normal Art School, who created a way to describe colour using decimal notation instead of names (which he felt were misleading — and I also feel they are). He started work on his system in 1898 and published it in full form in “A Color Notation” in 1905.

The original system was improved significantly in the “Munsell Book of Color” (1929), and afterwards –through many experiments carried out by the Optical Society of America in the 1940s– resulted in the samples for the later, and still present Munsell Book of Color. Several replacements for this have been invented, building on Munsell’s foundational ideas —including (according to the Wikipedia) the Optical Society of America’s Uniform Color Scales, and the International Commission on Illumination’s CIELAB and CIECAM02 colour models— but Munsell’s old system is still used worldwide to define skin and hair colours for forensic pathology; the United States Department of Agriculture has it for matching soil colours; it’s a must in prosthodontics to select shades for dental restorations, and in breweries for matching beer hues… And not least, I love it much.

These are three additional samples from my collection of 66 coloured same girl’s bottom and breasts… (luckily, she looks very cute.)


In the beach - sketch detail WPLx 2 T+94
Munsell Colour 10YR



In the beach - sketch detail WPLx 2 T+65
Munsell Colour 10R



In the beach - sketch detail WPLx 2 Green
Munsell Colour 5GY



in the beach - cray sketch ei full rev B RECTIF RET B t mod 2
Munsell Colour 5G


[LiF, 2018]

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