The unforgettable, unknown historical past of colours and the vibrant tales in the back of them in a wonderful multi-coloured extent.

“Superbly written . . . Stuffed with anecdotes and engaging analysis, this chic compendium has all of the solutions.” —NPR, Perfect Books of 2017

The Mystery Lives of Color tells the odd tales of seventy-5 interesting sunglasses, dyes, and colors. From blonde to ginger, the brown that modified the way in which battles have been fought to the white that safe in opposition to the plague, Picasso’s blue duration to the charcoal at the cave partitions at Lascaux, acid yellow to kelly inexperienced, and from scarlet girls to imperial pink, those sudden tales run like a vibrant thread all the way through historical past.

In this guide, Kassia St. Clair has grew to become her lifelong obsession with colours and the place they arrive from (whether or not Van Gogh’s chrome yellow sunflowers or punk’s fluorescent crimson) into a singular have a look at of human civilization. Throughout type and politics, artwork and struggle, the name of the game lives of colour inform the vibrant tale of our tradition.

“This passionate and majestic compedium will go away you bathed within the stunning optics of sunshine.” Elle