The Secret Lives of Colour

The Secret Lives of Colour

Book - 2016
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'A mind-expanding tour of the world without leaving your paintbox. Every colour has a story, and here are some of the most alluring, alarming, and thought-provoking. Very hard painting the hallway magnolia after this inspiring primer.'
Simon Garfield

The Secret Lives of Colour tells the unusual stories of the 75 most fascinating shades, dyes and hues. From blonde to ginger , the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, Picasso's blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux, acid yellow to kelly green , and from scarlet women to imperial purple , these surprising stories run like a bright thread throughout history. In this book Kassia St Clair has turned her lifelong obsession with colours and where they come from (whether Van Gogh's chrome yellow sunflowers or punk's fluorescent pink ) into a unique study of human civilisation. Across fashion and politics, art and war, The Secret Lives of Colour tell the vivid story of our culture.

Publisher: London, England :, John Murray,, 2016, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781473630819
Branch Call Number: 909 STC
Characteristics: 319 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 22 cm


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Phil_R Mar 21, 2017

Unknown stories of the world's most interesting hues turn out to be the game-changers in some of history's most crucial moments.

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Dec 27, 2018

Five orpiment stars! This is a book for anyone interested in colour and history. It is a series of well-written (and colour-coded) short stories about hues that pique the curiousity: gamboge, puce, saffron, heliotrope.

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