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The Secret Lives of Color
The unforgettable, unknown history of colors and the vivid stories behind them in a beautiful multi-colored volume.
â€œBeautifully written . . . Full of anecdotes and fascinating research, this elegant compendium has all the answers.â€Â â€”NPR,Â Best Books of 2017
The Secret Lives of ColorÂ 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, Picassoâ€™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 Goghâ€™s chrome yellow sunflowers or punkâ€™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.
â€œThis passionate and majesticÂ compedium will leave you bathed in the gorgeous optics of light.â€Â â€”Elle
Author: Kassia St. Clair
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publishing Date: October, 2017
Hardcover: 320 pages