The Secret Lives of Color
The unusual stories of seventy-five fascinating shades, dyes, and hues.
From blonde to ginger, from the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, from 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.
Published by Penguin Books, 2017
Hardcover, 320 pages, full color, 5.6 × 8.8 inches