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Colors: What They Mean and How to Make Them
Synopses & Reviews
Every color has many aspects, many variations, and many meanings. Red, for instance, can mean passion, or suffering, or anger. How are these aspects represented in works of art from Titian and Bosch to Matisse and Warhol? Painters use colors to convey a message as much as they do for surface appeal. In design and fashion, color is omnipresent as well, but incredibly varied in its significance. This fascinating book focuses on the most important colors in artandmdash;red, blue, yellow, black, white, green, and goldandmdash;and looks at them through some 200 beautifully printed works.
Praise for Color in Art:
andldquo;Art historian Zuffiandrsquo;s introductory survey of color throughout (mostly Western) art history spans millennia while sharing entertaining stories about the range of moods and meanings that color can convey in art.andrdquo; andmdash;Publishers Weekly
Book News Annotation:
Archaeologist and ethnologist Varichon offers a history of color--its origins, symbolism, and significance--since Biblical times. In addition to the historical information, the text describes natural sources of each color and recipes from cultures around the world for creating colors. Illustrated throughout with color photographs and reproductions. Translated from French by Toula Ballas. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Color, as a means of expression, has been part of human history since handprints were first painted on cave walls. But in order to make the shades they had imagined, people had to unearth pigments and dyes often hidden deep within plants, minerals, mollusks, insects, and other natural elements. They developed complicated, dangerous, and sometimes even revolting techniques in order to achieve deep reds, luminous yellows, and the most beautiful blues. Archaeologist and ethnologist Anne Varichon takes the reader on a fascinating journey that examines not only the variety and use of natural colorantsand how to reproduce them todaybut also their symbolism and mythology. From Confucian China to medieval Europe, from the Papuans to the Inuit, she travels across the centuries and around the world in this absorbing, and often surprising, cultural history of the sources and meanings of color.
About the Author
Anne Varichon is an archaeologist and ethnologist living in France.
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