Orange is one of my favourite colours and things in orange boxes are always perfect.

Orange also makes Maria feel pretty in the film version of West Side Story. Such a cheerful combination of yellow and orange.

Taupe and orange also make a lovely union.

| West Side Story, 1961, Natalie Wood as Maria singing I Feel Pretty |

Below is a another detail from a Grace Crowley painting showing her use of orange. We didn’t get to see a whole lot of Grace’s work as she stopped painting in 1956 to look after Ralph Balson. Ralph was also the creator of some perfect orange bits.

| Grace Crowley, Abstract painting, 1952, detail |

Van Gogh expressed it in a letter to his friend Émile Bernard. “There is no blue without yellow and without orange, and if you put in blue, then you must put in yellow, and orange too, mustn’t you?”

Julia Ritson

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