An Illustrated History of Bradbury & Bradbury Part 2

Posted on | October 28, 2008 | No Comments

So when we last left Bruce he was a New England teenager enamored with the radical ideas of the Victorian Pre-Raphaelites.

Later Bruce attended college, (briefly), and while there he pursued his earlier interest in color and its use in painting and the arts. In his investigations he became aware of the research of 19th century French scientist M.E. Chevreul whose book, “The Principles of Harmony and Contrast of Colors” (1860), was considered profoundly influential to the arts, especially on later schools of painting.

Bruce obtained a copy of the book and began to absorb as much of it as he could, working to duplicate many of the color experiments described in the book. This thoughtful study of Chevreul’s principles and applications of color theory would later contribute much to Bruce’s work and his own reputation as a leading colorist in the field of decorative arts.

Bruce later left college and following the advice of fellow New Englander Horace Greeley he “went west”. He landed in a ramshackle neighborhood that soon became a magnet for many young people in the 1960s: San Francisco’s turbulent Haight-Ashbury…


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