The Quest to Mimic Nature’s Trickiest Colors - Issue 26: Color

iridescence in the sea: The West Indian Ocean coelacanth has iridescent scales, the sight of which inspired artist Franziska Schenk.AlessandroZocc via Shutterstock

It was an image in a book of a sparkly blue fish—a West Indian Ocean coelacanth—that inspired German painter Franziska Schenk to begin a project that would occupy much of her adult life. “It was mysterious and beautiful,” she says, “and as a child I had been enamored with the sea.” She became engrossed with...

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