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The secret lives of colour

The secret lives of colour

Author: Kassia St Clair
Publisher: London : John Murray (Publishers), 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kassia St Clair
ISBN: 9781473630819 1473630819 9781473649460 1473649463
OCLC Number: 936144129
Description: 319 pages : colour illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Colour vision: How we see --
Simple arithmetic: On light --
Building the palette: Artists and their pigments --
Vintage paint charts: Mapping colour --
Chromophilia, chromophobia: Politics of colour --
Colourful language: Do words shape the shades we see? --
Lead white --
Ivory --
Silver --
Whitewash --
Isabelline --
Chalk --
Beige --
Blonde --
Lead-tin yellow --
Indian yellow --
Acid yellow --
Naples yellow --
Chrome yellow --
Gamboge --
Orpiment --
Imperial yellow --
Gold --
Dutch orange --
Saffron --
Amber --
Ginger --
Minium --
Nude --
Baker-Miller pink --
Mountbatten pink --
Puce --
Fuchsia --
Shocking pink --
Fluorescent pink --
Amaranth --
Scarlet --
Cochineal --
Vermilion --
Rosso corsa --
Hematite --
Madder --
Dragon's blood --
Tyrian purple --
Orchil --
Magenta --
Mauve --
Heliotrope --
Violet --
Ultramarine --
Cobalt --
Indigo --
Prussian blue --
Egyptian blue --
Woad --
Electric blue --
Cerulean --
Verdigris --
Absinthe --
Emerald Note continued: Kelly green --
Scheele's green --
Terre verte --
Avocado --
Celadon --
Khaki --
Buff --
Fallow --
Russet --
Sepia --
Umber --
Mummy --
Taupe --
Kohl --
Payne's grey --
Obsidian --
Ink --
Charcoal --
Jet --
Melanin --
Pitch black.
Responsibility: Kassia St Clair.


The unforgettable history of colours and the vivid stories behind them in a beautiful multi-coloured volume  Read more...


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If you want to fall back in love with colour, read The Secret Lives of Colour * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * A dazzling and vibrant history of colour, from Van Gogh's wilting yellow sunflowers to Turner's Read more...

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