Saturday, May 2, 2009
A Colorful History
Title: Color: A Natural History of the Palette
By: Victoria Finlay
Doesn't this sound like something that would be assigned in a dry history class? If you think so, you'd be wrong! Victoria Finlay, an excellent writer, has given us a history of the development of color in paint that is actually a page-turner. Extensively researched, we learn that each hue has a fascinating story and along the way, Finlay tells us quite a bit about technique, the lives of artists, and social history. Which color developed first? What does Afghanistan have to do with ultramarine? Why is purple the color of royalty? You don't have to be an artist to become immediately fascinated with each chapter and I promise you, color will never be the same for you after you've finished this history.