Journeys in colour – Red

Red

Red, the first mastered colour of mankind.

Red is often considered to be the archetypal colour. The name itself is derived from the Latin ‘rufus’ meaning ‘root’, so named because the earliest recorded source of the colour is from the root of the Madder plant.

It’s also the third colour the human eye can comprehend after birth, (preceded by black and white) and is thought to be the first colour humanity truly mastered. After all, the earliest recorded use of the colour red was 64,000 years ago, so you could say we have a bit of history.

Red is the colour of emotion. If you’ve ever gazed in appreciation at a summer sunset or sworn at a traffic light you got caught by, you’re engaging with a colour that has been part of humanity since before the great pyramids were even conceived.