French Colonial Ochre


Photographing the UNESCO building reminded me to ask: Why are the French Colonial buildings ochre?

This is the Wiki answer: “Ochre was a popular coloring in France during the time of the French Empire, and many French citizens living in foreign colonies would import a great deal of ochre clay from France to make their new lands feel like home. As a result, after the period of French colonization ended, ochre became associated with repression and fell out of favor.”

True? I haven’t located a more reliable source and the Wiki fact didn’t provide one…

One thought on “French Colonial Ochre

  1. Lorenzo says:

    Good question! Also there’s ochre and ochre! I feel like the contrast between this orange ochre and the white is too stark. Haven’t seen anything painted in this hue back in Europe, but rather something like this

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