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The fruit we crave in the high heat of summer gives us a glow year-round with its gorgeous color


It’s impossible to ignore the beautiful, plump peach when it appears in a still life painting — it’s in its nature to stand out. Harvested in China as far back as 6,000 BC, peaches were celebrated as the fruit that offered the most vitality. In many Chinese fables, paintings and theater productions, the peach symbolizes immortality.

As this stone fruit gained popularity and traveled further afield, so did its attraction to painters. Painters such as Jean-Simeon Chardin, Paul Cezanne and Claude Monet gave the fruit plump roles in countless still life tableaux.

From dessert (and desert) to design and everything in between, we celebrate the color peach for its lively spirit and its sweet offerings.

Enjoy this latest edition of Color Story, one of the many features from the newly relaunched Artists Magazine, the publication that is all about creative chaos, the fun aspects of painting and drawing, and living an artful life.

Front and Center

In Earthenware Cup With Peaches, Grapes and Bees by the 17th-century Italian artist Panfilo Nuvolone, the peach offers a sense of burgeoning youth. It’s a light in the dark; a new beginning.

Earthenware Cup With Peaches, Grapes and Bees by Panfilo Nuvolone // Sergio Anelli/Electa/Mondadori Portfolio

Earthenware Cup With Peaches, Grapes and Bees by Panfilo Nuvolone, ca 1615; on on board // Sergio Anelli/Electa/Mondadori Portfolio

Peachy Keen

Acress Saoirse Ronan looks peach perfect at a Los Angeles event in 2016. Monochrome never glowed so brightly, but considering the peach’s symbolism of youthfulness and vitality, we aren’t surprised that Ronan looks positively incandescent.

Saorsie Ronan // Jon Kopaloff/Filmmagic

Saorsie Ronan // Jon Kopaloff/Filmmagic

A Perfect Pastel

The Art Deco Historic District of Miami Beach, Florida, is home to more than 900 buildings constructed in the art deco style and painted in a plethora of pastels.

Peach Perfect; Jason Briscoe / Unsplash

Jason Briscoe / Unsplash

Runway Ready

MAC Prrr Lipglass is a must-have for every season. And a model turns heads at the Ben Sherman show during the 2017 London Fashion Week Men’s. Shantay you stay!

MAC Prrr Lipglass

MAC Prrr Lipglass

Stuart C. Wilson / Getty Images

Ben Sherman model struts at 2017 London Fashion Week Men’s. Stuart C. Wilson / Getty Images

Loving Vincent

A Van Gogh tube of oil paint made by Royal Talens. The latest claim to fame for this brand of oil paints is that Van Gogh oils were used exclusively in Loving Vincent, the world’s first fully painted feature film. Read about the continued involvement of Royal Talens with the film and the story behind why the brand was chosen for all the paint used in the film.

Loving Vincent film poster, detail Van Gogh oil colour

(Left: Loving Vincent, film poster detail. Right, Van Gogh oil colour.)


Van Gogh is the brand for the working artist who is searching for quality and exceptional value. Royal Talens developed the brand to be a happy medium between professional grade and student grade oils.

The oil colours are made using pure pigments and are milled into a quality oil binder which ensures the buttery colours give a wonderful result with oil techniques. All colours have a uniform thickness, degree of sheen, and dry times which makes the line a pleasure to use in terms of working qualities and mixability. Because of the high content of pigment and the fine grind, the colours are strong and brilliant.

Home Court Advantage

This painted lacquer dish from Ming dynasty-era China is ripe with peach imagery, showing two birds amid prunus and peach sprays.

Ming plate from Museum of East Asian Art/Heritage Images/Getty Images

Ming plate from Museum of East Asian Art/Heritage Images/Getty Images

It’s Teatime Somewhere!

Put up your feet and take a break with a cuppa English Breakfast loose leaf and, of course, a chewy perfectly hued peach macaron for dipping!

Hoang Viet/Unsplash

Hoang Viet / Unsplash

Article contributions by Michael Woodson. (Moroccan desert photo credit: Rubén Bagüés on Unsplash.)



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