The Secret Lives of Color

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By Kassia St Clair

This book is the unforgettable and 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 interesting stories run like a bright thread throughout history.

In this book, Kassia St. Clair has turned her obsession with colors and where they come from into a unique study of human civilization. Across politics and fashion, art and war, the secret lives of color tell the vivid story of our culture.

Hardcover, 320 pages

Dimensions:  6 x 9 x 1 inches

Delightful read for any artist or art lover.


“Beautifully written . . . Full of anecdotes and fascinating research, this elegant compendium has all the answers.” — NPR, Best Books of 2017

“This passionate and majestic compendium will leave you bathed in the gorgeous optics of light.” — Elle