Colors: What They Mean and How to Make Them

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Harry N. Abrams, 2006 - Art - 287 pages
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"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 colorants -- and how to reproduce them today -- but 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." - product description.

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User Review  - Troy - Goodreads

When I picked this book up, I didn't expect a guide to MAKING color, but the histories and makeup of colors was absolutely fascinating. It was quite an inspiration. I have some problem with its ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sd - Goodreads

"'The white canvas- it's like a layer of dust that covers up the real painting. It's just a matter of cleaning it. I have a little brush to clear away the blue, another for the red, and another brush ... Read full review


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Anne Varichon is an archaeologist and ethnologist living in France.

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