The Secret Lives Of Color
  • The Secret Lives Of Color
  • The Secret Lives Of Color
  • The Secret Lives Of Color
  • The Secret Lives Of Color
  • The Secret Lives Of Color
  • The Secret Lives Of Color
  • The Secret Lives Of Color
  • The Secret Lives Of Color
ISBN: 0143131141
EAN13: 9780143131144
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 24, 2017
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.88" H x 8.5" L x 5.31" W
Weight: 1.38 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

One of USA Today's 100 Books to Read While Stuck at Home During the Coronavirus Crisis

A dazzling gift, the unforgettable, unknown history of colors and the vivid stories behind them in a beautiful multi-colored volume.

Beautifully written . . . Full of anecdotes and fascinating research, this elegant compendium has all the answers. --NPR, Best Books of 2017

The Secret Lives of Color tells the unusual stories of seventy-five 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 colors and where they come from (whether Van Gogh's chrome yellow sunflowers or punk's fluorescent pink) into a unique study of human civilization. Across fashion and politics, art and war, the secret lives of color tell the vivid story of our culture.

This passionate and majestic compedium will leave you bathed in the gorgeous optics of light. --Elle

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5
   The Secret Lives of Color
Wonderfully written and beautifully presented! This read will leave you wanting more. Such vivid details and eye-opening history.
 
1
   was hoping for something else
Tedious reading and I can say I have taken nothing substantial at all. It was well packaged and marketed, but that is where the praise ends.
 
5
   Great gift for an artist!!
Wonderful gift for a painter! Great stories and fun to read and pick up while preparing new colors. 5 stars!
 
5
   So original!
If you love history and anything aesthetically pleasing, this book is for you. What a funny concept for a book... and so interesting!
 
5
   Beautifully written and a pleasure to read
One of my favorite books in the last few years is. Chockfull of fascinating details about tens of colors, from how a given color came into being to its cultural or political importance. Reading is perfect at bedtime.
 
5
   Stories of color
This is more than a color catalog ; this is a story of humanity and how we used color to depict our world and how pigments defined how we view our world. Fascinating :
 
1
   Didn’t do it for me.
This was not what I expected. It was informative and comprehensive, but somehow I managed to bore. It would be a worthwhile reference, maybe.
 
3
   good but not brilliant; some clunky writing
I have a lot of books on color, so I'm picky. This one was fun to read, and I learned a few new things, but it is not my favorite. At times, the writing is a bit clunky. It is good for an introduction to the theme, a book to pique your interest so that you 'll want to learn more. Just so you know, I give 3 stars to books I like, 4 stars to books I like a lot and 5 stars only to books I treasure and read over and over again.
 
5
   Fascinating
Engaging tidbits, very Delightful and small. Factoids from around the planet and ages through the ages. Quite satisfying. Arranging your palette makes a whole new experience, especially if you make arranging your palette.
 
4
   GREAT Information: At Times Too Much Information
As an artist, I am still reading this ; it is very interesting to learn the history and toxicity of the pigments I use... As a garden tour docent, I am able to talk about specific plants and their use in art... But, this is slow reading... But, this is slow reading... There is a lot of information and although enlightening, it is still heavy reading.
 
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