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    Gavin Evans(Author)

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Why is green the colour of envy? Why is black 'evil'? Why is white pure? Why do we 'feel blue' or 'see red'? Why do colours have different meanings for different cultures?

When we look at or talk about a colour in a particular setting, we are as likely to see its cultural or symbolic meaning as the shade itself. Why?

Sometimes our grasp of a colour relates to the random way we define it. Light blue is called 'blue' but, over the last century or two, light red has become pink, whereas in Russia light blue and dark blue are separate colours. Does language play a part in our perception of colours?

In most cases, the origins of why we view a colour in a certain way goes back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Blue was not always a boy's colour; pink was not always a girl's. Indeed, less than one hundred years ago, in the West, it was the other way round.

This book offers a lively, anecdotal treatment of the cultural mysteries of colour, and focuses on the way we respond to colours, the significance we give them - and how these things change over time and from place to place. It tells the story of how we have come to view the world through lenses passed down to us by art, science, politics, fashion, sport and, not least, prejudice.

The Story of Colourtells the story of how we have come to view the world through lenses passed down to us by art, science, politics, fashion and sport, and, not least, prejudice.

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • Gavin Evans(Author)
  • Michael O'Mara (17 Aug. 2017)
  • English
  • 4
  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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  • By Charlotte Tamplin on 19 September 2017

    This really is a beautiful book – from the cover to the inside of the book itself. It answers questions about the colours that you never thought to ask. Why is envy 'green'? Well, it all goes back to a couple of Shakespeare plays apparently. Why is yellow the colour of cowardice? It goes back to medieval times and its negative portrayal then. Why do we even say certain feelings are colours, or why are particular colours associated with certain things? Why is red danger, or sexy, for instance? All the answers are here. Interestingly, whereas colour here symbolise certain things, in other countries, they use different colours. In France, for example, yellow is the colour of jealousy, not green; in China it is red.While this is still a relatively unexplored subject, but one which I am personally fascinated by, there are a couple of other books out there you might consider, but which don't quite have the impact of this book. One is The Secret Language of Colour and the other is The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia Saint Clair. The former is a touch too sciencey for my taste and doesn't focus on all the colours sequentially, and Secret Lives doesn't actually have any pictures, which is very odd for a book on colour!The advantage of this book is while not only having plenty of pictures to illustrate the points made, those points are succinctly made and easy for any reader to get to grips with, and draws upon a huge range of topics, not just science and art. These include fashion, politics, history and music, meaning it really does have something for everyone.My boyfriend bought this for me as a gift and I think it is perfect for anyone with an interest in culture and understanding how different cultures think.


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