In 1900, the painter Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904) barred the President of France from entering the Impressionist gallery at the Universal Exhibition, declaring: "Arretez, Monsieur le President, c'est ici le deshonneur de la France." (1) Though characteristic of the conservative French Academy, Gerome's scorn of the Impressionists' casual brushwork, broken color
patches, and popular subjects was not shared by everyone.
Unlike other art forms, colonial silversmithing was entirely dominated by the Spanish who passed laws stating clearly that no one of "broken color
" could practice this craft.
"Large shapes of broken color
are built up with minimal detail, vibrant color and playful brush strokes," Mathews says.
It is proposed to test this theory by performing crock meter tests and evaluating the results in the normal gray scale comparisons, but also through optical microscopy, where the goal is to evaluate the colored fibers for fractured fibers and the target cotton patch on the crock meter for the presence of broken colored