The Whiteness of the Whale

Moby Dick by Jack Sullivan. Oil on board, 35.2 x 50.5 cm. Collection: Butetown History & Arts Centre.

Moby Dick by Jack Sullivan. Oil on board, 35.2 x 50.5 cm. Butetown History & Arts Centre.


Or is it, that as in essence whiteness is not so much a color as the visible absence of color, and at the same time the concrete of all colors; is it for these reasons that there is such a dumb blankness, full of meaning, in a wide landscape of snows – a colorless, all-color of atheism from which we shrink?

Herman Melville (Moby Dick, 1851).

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