The Secret Lives of Colour

The Secret Lives of Colour

Design , Entertainment , Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/09/2018
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The Secret Lives of Colour
Bitesize chapters perfect for a bedside book
I bought this as I loved the cover and I’ve already got several book on the science and psychology of colour. The book begins with a survey of the history... READ MORE
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'A dazzling and vibrant history of colour, from Van Gogh's wilting yellow sunflowers to Turner's deadly green and Picasso's darkest period' - The Mail on Sunday

From its origins as a column in Elle Decoration, Kassia St Clair presents a dazzling catalogue of the hues that have shaped our planet.

The Secret Lives of Colour peels back the hidden history of some 75 pigments and reveals their mesmeric relationship to our culture, from the origins of silver being the substance of choice for our tableware to Isaac Newton’s surprisingly arbitrary definition of the spectrum to entertain his own theories.

Originally available as a much-sought after hardback edition, this paperback version captures all the colourful essence of the original and can be read either as an enthralling narrative journey or something to dip into for inspiration and sometimes surprising intrigue.

St Clair also reveals similar hidden dimensions to the history of fabric in her equally stunning new title, The Golden Thread.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781473630833
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 537g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 164 x 26 mm

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The Secret Lives of Colour
A good book for grey winter months.
I bought this as a Christmas present for my husband who does the lighting for our local am. dram. group but I'm enjoying it too. Intriguing stories and won... READ MORE
Helen Hill
The Secret Lives of Colour
super interesting! Great to dip in and out of.
It's so fun and charming to quickly pick up and find out something new. A combination of art history with so much more... It is way to highbrow to describe... READ MORE
Neil Ashcroft
The Secret Lives of Colour
Just brilliant!
This book is a complete gem,i absolutely loved it,in fact i have bought 3 more copies to give to friends!
Margie Clark
The Secret Lives of Colour
Reminds me of Periodic Tales a must read.
This popped up in the “recommended for you” list on app I had been scrolling for a while and was intrigued by the beautiful cover. I do have the farrow and... READ MORE
Laura Meakin
The Secret Lives of Colour
Fascinating book (and pretty to look at)
I really enjoyed learning about the history of various colours from this book. Its also very pretty to look at, with the colour being discussed used along ... READ MORE
Clair Griffiths