Magenta - The Colour That Does Not Exist

If you carefully look at the spectrum of light, you will see all colours except magenta. There is no wavelength that can be attributed to magenta. Yet we see that all the time and it is one of the prominent and eye catching colour. Every colour wheel has it. Pantone also declared ‘Viva Magenta’ as the colour of the year 2023.

If it does not exisit, how do we perceive this. BBC has this good video to explain it.

Cover Photo: Donald Kautz,, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license