Alizarin crimson (color)

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The color alizarin crimson is a "cool" hue of the color red that is biased slightly more towards purple than towards orange on the color wheel. It is named after the organic dye alizarin, found in the madder plant, and the related synthetic lake pigment Alizarin Crimson (PR83 in the Color Index).

Alizarin crimson in human culture[edit]

Literature
  • Alizarin Belvedon, painter and son of renowned painter Galena Borochova and art dealer Raymond Belvedon, in Jilly Cooper's novel Pandora.
Music
  • It is one of the colors listed by Donovan in his song, Wear Your Love Like Heaven (although he mispronounces it as "alizarian").
  • It is mentioned in Karlheinz Stockhausen's 1966/67 musical composition Hymnen, where it is included in a spoken fugue where the names of dozens of different shades of red are intermingled as a symbol of the various forms of Communism that existed on the planet at that time.
Television