Blue City-Sweeper #1 India Series

02/21/2018
Dimensions: 28"X36"
Recent Work
Photo Credit: E. Rausenberg

From the city of Jodhpur. The old city was painted brilliant blue. Here is a couple of speculations as to why:  

That it has to do with termites, and the chemicals in the blue pigment keep the bugs away. Another speculation is that it is a color associated with the Brahmin class, which is Indian priestly caste,  and many families from this caste own houses in the old city of Jodhpur.  Limestone and copper sulfate are found nearby, the elements that together make up this pigment, and this may provide a further explanation.