The Secret Lives of Colour (Paperback)Kassia St Clair (author)
Lively and engagingly written, The Secret Lives of Colour decodes colour in culture through art, history, fashion and fiction from Yves Cline blue to the scarlet woman. A fascinating cultural history.
Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for November 2018
'A dazzling and vibrant history of colour, from Van Gogh's wilting yellow sunflowers to Turner's deadly green and Picasso's darkest period' - The Mail on Sunday
From its origins as a column in Elle Decoration, Kassia St Clair presents a dazzling catalogue of the hues that have shaped our planet.
The Secret Lives of Colour peels back the hidden history of some 75 pigments and reveals their mesmeric relationship to our culture, from the origins of silver being the substance of choice for our tableware to Isaac Newton’s surprisingly arbitrary definition of the spectrum to entertain his own theories.
Originally available as a much-sought after hardback edition, this paperback version captures all the colourful essence of the original and can be read either as an enthralling narrative journey or something to dip into for inspiration and sometimes surprising intrigue.
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 537 g
Dimensions: 197 x 164 x 26 mm
Edition: Illustrated edition
'If you want to fall back in love with colour, read The Secret Lives of Colour.' - The Sunday Telegraph
'This is a gorgeous book.' - The Guardian
'Beautiful...See how a single colour can tell different stories across the globe.' - The Daily Mail
'Charming.' - The Financial Times
'From pink boys' clothes to blue warpaint; why orange spells danger and other colourful tales.' - The Daily Telegraph
'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
'A companionable, informative and lively guide to sights so easily taken for granted.' - The Economist
'An irresistible lexicon of colours.' - Country Living
'Well-researched and engaging.' - House & Garden
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