The Secret Lives of Color

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

€œBeautifully 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.

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

Author: Kassia St. Clair
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publishing Date: October, 2017
Hardcover: 320 pages

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