The Pictorial Palette #1 – Judy Garland

Henri Matisse once said, “With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.”

That being the case, I do not hesitate to say that movie color is without doubt some of the beautiful magic ever conjured. And given its proven abilities to brighten even the grayest of days, the Pictorial is implementing a weekly color palette, sampled off a film (or production) still from Hollywood’s Golden Age. One of the Pictorial’s missions is to always try and look at the world through Technicolor glasses–yes, even a world as problematic as ours– and it is our hope  that these little swaths of color will provide a needed burst of energy– perhaps even inspire a smidge of creativity–to infuse and rejuvenate the weekly drudge.

And so we have decided to begin our experiment with who else but one of Technicolor‘s most famous little darlings: Judy Garland. Although this is not a film still, I’m sure you will agree the deep saturation here is delightfully decadent.

Judy Garland, circa 1940
For you designers out there, hex your little hearts out: #0a2417; #fde54f; #c91204; #c15a87; #7b92c4

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Film writer and social media marketing professional. 2019 Social Ambassador for the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival. Previously: social media associate at Warner Archive and script writer for Turner Classic Movies. Working on a Montgomery Clift biography due late 2020.

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