The secret lives of color / Kassia St. Clair.

By: St. Clair, Kassia [author.]Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2017Description: 320 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780143131144; 0143131141 :Uniform titles: Secret lives of colour Subject(s): Color -- Psychological aspects -- History | Color -- Social aspects -- History | Symbolism of colors -- History | Color -- Psychological aspects -- History | Color -- Social aspects -- HistoryGenre/Form: Nonfiction. | History.DDC classification: 155.9/1145 LOC classification: BF789.C7 | S64 2017
Contents:
Color vision: how we see -- Simple arithmetic: on light -- Building the palette: artists and their pigments -- Vintage paint charts: mapping color -- Chromophilia, chromophobia: politics of color -- Colorful language: do words shape the shades we see? -- [White] : Lead white ; Ivory ; Silver ; Whitewash ; Isabelline ; Chalk ; Beige -- [Yellow] : Blonde ; Lead-tin yellow ; Indian yellow ; Acid yellow ; Naples yellow ; Chrome yellow ; Gamboge ; Orpiment ; Imperial yellow ; Gold -- [Orange] : Dutch orange ; Saffron ; Amber ; Ginger ; Minium ; Nude -- [Pink] : Baker-Miller pink ; Mountbatten pink ; Puce ; Fuchsia ; Shocking pink ; Fluorescent pink ; Amaranth -- [Red] : Scarlet ; Cochineal ; Vermilion ; Rosso corsa ; Hematite ; Madder ; Dragon's blood -- [Purple] : Tyrian purple ; Archil ; Magenta ; Mauve ; Heliotrope ; Violet -- [Blue] : Ultramarine ; Cobalt ; Indigo ; Prussian blue ; Egypt blue ; Woad ; Electric blue ; Cerulean -- [Green] : Verdigris ; Absinthe ; Emerald ; Kelly green ; Scheele's green ; Terre verte ; Avocado ; Celadon -- Brown : Khaki ; Buff ; Fallow ; Russet ; Sepia ; Umber ; Mummy ; Taupe -- [Black] : Kohl ; Payne's gray ; Obsidian ; Ink ; Charcoal ; Jet ; Melanin ; Pitch black -- Glossary of other interesting colors.
Summary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.
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Originally published in UK under title: The secret lives of colour.

"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"-- Provided by publisher.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Color vision: how we see -- Simple arithmetic: on light -- Building the palette: artists and their pigments -- Vintage paint charts: mapping color -- Chromophilia, chromophobia: politics of color -- Colorful language: do words shape the shades we see? -- [White] : Lead white ; Ivory ; Silver ; Whitewash ; Isabelline ; Chalk ; Beige -- [Yellow] : Blonde ; Lead-tin yellow ; Indian yellow ; Acid yellow ; Naples yellow ; Chrome yellow ; Gamboge ; Orpiment ; Imperial yellow ; Gold -- [Orange] : Dutch orange ; Saffron ; Amber ; Ginger ; Minium ; Nude -- [Pink] : Baker-Miller pink ; Mountbatten pink ; Puce ; Fuchsia ; Shocking pink ; Fluorescent pink ; Amaranth -- [Red] : Scarlet ; Cochineal ; Vermilion ; Rosso corsa ; Hematite ; Madder ; Dragon's blood -- [Purple] : Tyrian purple ; Archil ; Magenta ; Mauve ; Heliotrope ; Violet -- [Blue] : Ultramarine ; Cobalt ; Indigo ; Prussian blue ; Egypt blue ; Woad ; Electric blue ; Cerulean -- [Green] : Verdigris ; Absinthe ; Emerald ; Kelly green ; Scheele's green ; Terre verte ; Avocado ; Celadon -- Brown : Khaki ; Buff ; Fallow ; Russet ; Sepia ; Umber ; Mummy ; Taupe -- [Black] : Kohl ; Payne's gray ; Obsidian ; Ink ; Charcoal ; Jet ; Melanin ; Pitch black -- Glossary of other interesting colors.

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