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The secret lives of color

Author: Kassia St Clair
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2017. ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The unforgettable, unknown history of colors and the vivid stories behind them in a beautiful 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
St. Clair, Kassia.
Secret lives of color.
New York : Penguin Books, 2017
(DLC) 2017014300
(OCoLC)971521646
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kassia St Clair
ISBN: 9781524704940 1524704946
OCLC Number: 1007581661
Description: 1 online resource : color illustrations
Responsibility: Kassia St. Clair.

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"The unforgettable, unknown history of colors and the vivid stories behind them in a beautiful 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 unique study of human civilization. Across fashion and politics, art and war, the secret lives of color tell the vivid story of our culture. "A mind-expanding tour of the world without leaving your paintbox. Every color has a story, and here are some of the most alluring, alarming, and thought-provoking."--Simon Garfield, author of Just My Type"--

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