Is white skin really pink?

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

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https://doi.org/10.23738/CCSJ.130205

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Flesh color, Skin color, Pink, Race, History of Color

Abstract

I will determine the shades associated with this idea of an unique flesh color, retrace its history and emphasize its inclusion in the field of pink. I carry out this analysis in a transhistorical and transmediatic way, 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. 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.

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2021-11-09

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Bideaux, K. (2021) “Is white skin really pink? : Flesh color as a pink color in art and culture in Occident”, Cultura e Scienza del Colore - Color Culture and Science, 13(02), pp. 42–49. doi: 10.23738/CCSJ.130205.

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