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The Secret Lives of Color (2016 original; edició 2017)

de Kassia St. Clair (Autor)

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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"--… (més)
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Títol:The Secret Lives of Color
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This book is about color. But it's much more than that. This volume is both striking in its appearance and how Author Kassia St. Clair approaches the history of each color. I love the cover and how a rainbow is created at the page edges. St. Clair briefly shares something (in a couple pages) about each color she chooses to discuss -- it may be sociological, scientific, cultural, political or a combination of those factors. This is the type of book I would pick up and read about a couple colors at a time rather than straight through. So much information is packed in this, though, that at the end of all this I don't remember specifics about each color but was able to take away the fact that color is an integral part of our culture in so many ways. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Jun 30, 2022 |
A light and digestible whistle-stop tour through the histories of colours, hues, and shades. Heavily concerned with fashion, dyes, and the manufacture and economics thereof. Given its inoffensive subject matter and rapid-fire structure, I'd recommend this as a coffee-table or bathroom book. Don't be fooled by appearances though - the endnotes are judicious and apt to get you lost down the rabbit-hole of colour history. ( )
  woj2000 | May 19, 2022 |
What a charming, informative, fascinating little book. The shades of color are not all encompassing, but the stories of the colors are full of philosophy, history, psychology, humor. In the interests of full disclosure, I kept Wikipedia on my computer because there were many things she mentioned that I wanted more info about or wanted to see a picture of. ( )
  PattyLee | Dec 14, 2021 |
Enjoyed this book very much. Short stories about different colors, usually something interesting and unexpected. Additionally, the book itself is a thing of beauty with its colored pages and dots in the index. ( )
  Pferdina | Dec 12, 2021 |
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The purest and
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I fell in love with colors in the way most people fall in love: while concentrating on something else.
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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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