In Monday’s tutorial I mislabeled Fuchsia. On the right side of theÂ chart I called it Magenta. Thank you to Judy Reese inÂ Washington for raising her virtual hand to ask the obvious question. Where do I find Premo Magenta? Ah. There is no such thing as Premo Magenta – just lots of confusion because I used the words Fuchsia and Magenta interchangeably.
This is not wrong. They are the same color. The naming history is interesting.
From a children’s storybook called “Naming Colors” by Ariane Dewey -
“The town of Magenta is in northern Italy. A very bloody battle was fought there in 1859 between the French, thier Italian allies, and the Austrians. Some French chemists had just invented a red dye. When they heard of France and Italy’s victory, they decided to name the dye Magenta after the battle.”
Before the battle the newÂ synthetic color was called fuchsin from the flower named after the German 16th century botanist, Otto Fuchs.
Somewhere I’ve read that the earlier name, Fuchsia, was adopted by the Germans who did not want a color named after a French victory.
So Magenta is the French name and Fuchsia the German name for the same color.
The main thing to remember – whether it is called Fuchsia or Magenta – it is the color that is the process primary. And its complement isÂ . . . spectrum Green.