Grey or Gray

“A color without color”

Grey or Gray is an intermediate color between black and white, a neutral or achromatic color.

In Europe and America, grey is the color most frequently associated with the elderly, humility, reflection, boredom, dullness, uncertainty, and indifference. Some other connotations are: pessimism, depression, blandness, boredom, neutrality, fog, undefinedness, old age, contentment, the brain (grey matter) and speed.

During the Renaissance and the Baroque, grey began to play an important role in fashion and art. Black became the most popular color of the nobility, particularly in Italy, France and Spain, and grey and white were harmonious with it.

Renaissance Dark Gray Victorian Corset Petticoat Crochet Eyelet Dress

Grey was also frequently used for the drawing of oil paintings, a technique called grisaille. The painting would first be composed in grey and white, and then the colors, made with thin transparent glazes, would be added on top. The grisaille beneath would provide the shading, visible through the layers of color. ply

In the late 1930s, grey became a symbol of industrialization and war. It was the dominant color of Pablo Picasso’s celebrated painting about the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, Guernica.

After the war, the grey business suit became a metaphor for uniformity of thought, popularized insuch books as The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, (1955), which became a successful film in 1956

In ethics, grey is either used pejoratively to describe situations that have no clear moral value; “the grey area”, or positively to balance an all-black or all-white view – for example, shades of grey represent magnitudes of good and bad.

Grey is the British, Canadian, Australian, Irish, New Zealand and South African spelling, although gray remained in common usage in the UK until the second half of the 20th century.

And tell me, grey seal
How does it feel to be so wise?
To see through eyes that only see what’s real
Tell me, grey seal

Gray is the preferred American spelling, although grey is an accepted variant.Gray became the preferred spelling in American English around 1825

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