By the Kiss and Tell Exhibition Team 

Colour is such a pervasive part of everything we see in the world that for creatives, it becomes an intuitive choice. Relying on intuition alone is not enough in making important colour decisions. It involves research, visualising and finally testing.

When a preferred colour is agreed, the Exhibitions Team at Colchester and Ipswich Museums paint samples on board. We hold them in various positions around the gallery – considerations about light are crucial. This not only helps us see how the colour reacts in different areas but also how it will work with existing artworks to conserve their historic character. But we need to create impact and drama too!

One of our biggest considerations was how the colour would compliment The Kiss’s material, warm white Pentelican marble. Other sculpture works on display are plaster casts and bronzes as well as artworks and so all had to be considered in the colour planning. These will be displayed on plinths, in cases and on the walls surrounding the Rodin masterpiece.

Sometime after our decision was made we discovered that no less than the Hôtel Biron in Paris, home of the Musée Rodin had recently used colours from a palette by our chosen paint manufacturer. Perhaps it’s that intuition thing again!


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