The History of the Color Pink

Known in Chinese as “foreign color,” pink has a rich and interesting history—in nature, art and culture. From its use in the 1700s in fashion and decor, to the 18th century Rococo movement, and today’s “millennial pink” craze, it’s a hue that has plenty of historical signposts. Perhaps most fascinating about the color, it’s not part of the electromagnetic spectrum, Christina Olsen says, “When we see pink, we’re not seeing actual wavelengths of pink light. It’s an extra-spectral color, which means other colors must be mixed to generate it.” Read more at Artsy.