The Secret Lives of Colour -

The Secret Lives of Colour

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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.

Product code: 9781473630819

ISBN 9781473630819
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H224xW144xS30
No. Of Pages 320
Publisher John Murray Press
Edition Illustrated edition
On Sale Date 25/10/2016
The unforgettable history of colours and the vivid stories behind them in a beautiful multi-coloured volume