The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St. Clair

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The Secret Lives of Colour Read Online Free - The history of colors and the vivid stories behind them in a multi-colored volume

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 study of human civilization. Across fashion and politics, art and war, the secret lives of color tell the vivid story of our culture.

Title : The Secret Lives of Colour
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ISBN : 1473630819
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Paul rated it ★★★★☆

December 17, 2016

We take colour for granted these days; where ever you look you have garish clothing and brightly painted items competing for attention. But it was never like that, go back several hundred years ago, and lost people wore grey or brown cloth that had been dyed with the ochres and earth colours. Tho...

BELLETRIST rated it ★★★★★

February 06, 2018

We chose this book for our January Amuse-Book because it's an absolutely wonderful read about the history behind some of our favorite hue's. It's a great conversation starter! You won't believe some of these stories, we can't wait for all of our babes and beaus to read! xo E+K

Hannah rated it ★★★★☆

January 06, 2018

What a fascinating book! If you’ve ever wanted to know more about colors and what they have meant throughout history, you’ll find this to be an interesting read like I did. It answers several questions that I didn’t even know I had, such as: why are doctors’ coats white? Why was blue formerly ass...

Sean rated it ★★★★☆

April 01, 2017

A colourful read bound in a beautiful cover that would add colour to any coffee table. Who knew that painting in the olden days required considerations such as making sure your paints didn’t react with each other and burn a hole in the canvas? Our brains normally collect and apply cues about the a...

Jodi rated it ★★★★☆

February 27, 2017

A fascinating tour through the history of colour, with the manufacture and popularity of a rainbow of hues discussed in lively, short essays that engage and amaze. St Clair delves into the personalities, quirks and trivia associated with colours we take for granted in our everyday, colour-saturat...

Laura rated it ★★★☆☆

June 24, 2017

From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Writer Kassia St Clair gives a potted history of the colour palette, beginning with the surprising stories behind various shades of white. Read by Francesca Dymond Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

Fabienne rated it ★★★★☆

January 26, 2018

"Je zou kunnen zeggen dat de aanduiding 'huidkleur' zo ver af staat van elke werkelijke huidkleur dat hij onschuldig is. Het probleem is echter niet de kleur, of zelfs het woord, maar het etnocentrisme dat erachter steekt. 'Iedereen met een huid die donkerder is dan "huidkleur",' schreef Dodai St...

Annie rated it ★★★★★

January 17, 2018

Fotoreseña---> A mí me gusta iniciar mis reseñas con un breve resumen de que va la historia, en este caso no va a ser así porque, básicamente por la sencilla razón de que este libro no contiene una historia, si no muchas, de diversas partes del mundo, de diversas culturas...

Dlmrose rated it ★★★☆☆

December 28, 2017


Jen rated it ★★★★☆

December 14, 2017

This book is so pretty and fun! Vibrant and full of colorful pages (really, pages blocked out entirely in color) precede and follow short essays on particular shades. Introductory chapters on the formation of color and our perception of it give way to color profiles themselves. The chapters are o...

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