The Secret Lives of Colour

The Secret Lives of Colour

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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 : John Murray (Publishers), 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781473649460
Branch Call Number: 752 S13s
Characteristics: 319 pages : colour illustrations ; 23 cm


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Oct 07, 2017

A very pleasing book on many levels. The prose is elegant, dramatic and engaging. If you're not only a lover of colour but also of history, fashion, chemistry, minerology and etymology, this is the book for you! A beauty.

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