When I was two days from finishing the first draft of this book, a friend called from New York in great excitement. “There’s a text message on CNN. They say someone’s found the color of the universe,” he said. And what color is it? “I’m not sure, I missed it.” He left the TV news running as we talked, and then suddenly he said: “here is is again.” I grabbed my pen and wrote down that scientists at John Hopkins University had discovered the color of all the light in the universe. And that is was pale turquoise. I had no idea what it meant, but it suggested that my journey was not over. And that there was a whole world – no, a whole universe – of color stories still to find.
– Victory Finlay, from the epilogue of Color; A Natural History of the Palette – an essential reading for any painter.