Bistre

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BistreHow to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #3D2B1F
sRGBB  (rgb) (61, 43, 31)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 30, 49, 76)
HSV       (h, s, v) (24°, 49%, 24%)
Source Internet
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H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Bistre (or bister) can refer to: A very dark shade of grayish black (the version shown on the immediate right); a shade of brown made from soot; or the name for a color resembling the brownish pigment. Bistre's appearance is generally of a dark grayish brown, with a yellowish cast.

Beechwood was burned to produce the soot, which was boiled and diluted with water. Many Old Masters used bistre as the ink for their drawings.[1]

The first recorded use of bistre as a color name in English was in 1727; another name for the color bistre is soot brown.[1]

Variations of bistre[edit]

Bistre brown[edit]

Bistre (ISCC-NBS #94) (M&P)How to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #967117
sRGBB  (rgb) (150, 113, 23)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 24, 85, 41)
HSV       (h, s, v) (43°, 85%, 59[2]%)
Source ISCC NBS/M&P
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H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At right is displayed the color bistre brown, a medium brownish tone of the color bistre, also known as soot brown.

This is the tone of bistre that most closely matches the color sample in the 1930 book A Dictionary of Color by Maerz and Paul.[3]

This tone of bistre is the color of the ink that was used by the Old Masters for their drawings.

The source of this color is: ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955)--Color Sample of Bistre (color sample #94).


French bistre[edit]

Bistre (Pourpre.com)How to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #856D4D
sRGBB  (rgb) (133, 109, 77)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 18, 42, 48)
HSV       (h, s, v) (34°, 42%, 52[4]%)
Source Pourpre.com
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At right is displayed the color French bistre, which is the tone of bistre called bistre in the Pourpre.com color list, a color list widely popular in France.

For pictures of bistre colored postage stamps, see the article on the color Bistre in the French Wikipedia.

Spanish bistre[edit]

Bistre (G&S)How to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #80755A
sRGBB  (rgb) (128, 117, 90)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 10, 40, 60)
HSV       (h, s, v) (43°, 30%, 50%)
Source Gallego and Sanz[5]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Spanish bistre is the color that is called bistre (the Spanish word for "bistre" is the same as the English word) in the Guía de coloraciones (Guide to colorations) by Rosa Gallego and Juan Carlos Sanz, a color dictionary published in 2005 that is widely popular in the Hispanophone realm.

Drawing made with the pigment bistre[edit]

[Sex] workers at rest, a drawing drawn using bistre pigment by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806)


See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChambers, Ephraim, ed. (1728). "article name needed". Cyclopaedia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (first ed.). James and John Knapton, et al. 
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York: 1930 McGraw-Hill Page 190
  2. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #967117 (Bistre Brown):
  3. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York: 1930 McGraw-Hill Page 53 Plate 15 Color Sample C9
  4. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #856D4D (French Bistre):
  5. ^ Gallego, Rosa; Sanz, Juan Carlos (2005). Guía de coloraciones (Gallego, Rosa; Sanz, Juan Carlos (2005). Guide to Colorations) Madrid: H. Blume. ISBN 84-89840-31-8