Is white skin really pink? 

Flesh color as a pink color in art and culture in Occident



3-4 septembre 2020

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Citation

Kévin Bideaux, 2020. « Is white skin really pink? Flesh color as a pink color in art and culture in Occident », Conferenza del Colore. Bergame, Università di Bergamo, du 3 au 4 septembre 2020.


Abstract

By a transhistoric and transmedia analysis, and based on medieval texts, literary works and artists' writings, compared with pictorial and sculptural, figurative and abstractive artworks, but also with other cultural productions like fashion, comics or animation, I determine the shades associated with this idea of an unique flesh color, retrace its history and emphasize its inclusion in the field of pink. It is also a question of seeing in which ways this association between pink color and complexion is also articulated with the system of race, since it indicates only the skin of the Whites — even symbolically —, understood as the color of the skin in general.