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Chroma: A Book of Colour - June '93 [Paperback]

Derek Jarman
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19 Jan 1995
In Chroma, Derek Jarman explains the use of colour in Medieval painting through the Renaissance to the modernists and draws on the great colour theorists from Pliny to Leonardo. He also talks about the meaning of colours in literature, science, philosophy, psychology, religion and alchemy. The colours on Jarman's palette are mixed with memory and insight to create an evocative and highly personal work.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (19 Jan 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099474913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099474913
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Chroma is more than an Aids is a paean to colour...Shot through with sass and moving testimony...this complexly written, yet stylish and readable book locates most powerfully the sublimal brilliance of one artist and the processes that inform, and are celebrated through, his work" (Gay Times)

"Chroma sparks off pieces of Jarman's poetry and prose against fragments that span Ovid, Alberti, Goethe and form a highly personal reflection on colour, a keleidoscopic experience that throws out different facets like a prism in the light" (New Statesman)

"Jarman reminds us how much there is to be smelled, observed and listened to in the world if we do not walk past it" (Guardian)

"The context of the writing of this book inevitably turns it from an amusing bricollage to a gesture of extraordinary generosity, a tribute to the continuing need to create and communicate on the very edge of darkness" (Financial Times)

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Drawing on a long, rich and varied artistic career, the legendary Derek Jarman explores colour from medieval to modern art with the distinctive combination of passion, insight and style that characterizes his work.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Having read "derek jarman's garden" I felt that I needed to find out more about this man who's integrity was absolute, and above all, who's humanity beamed out of all that the touched. So I read "Chroma". This work is poiniant in the extreme when you concider that not only was Jarman's health fast deteriorating, but that as a result of the AIDS virus, he was going blind.
Here, in thuis book, we see Jarman concider the nature of each colour of the spectrum (including brown) by means of drifting freely in and out of quotes from various figures in history. This book is nothing if not well researched! In this respect Jarman shows us what he sees in terms of the resonance of Colour. It is moving.
The chapter on blue is taken from his greatest film, "Blue". It acts as testament to the man,and to his abiding humanity.
Buy this book, and learn from one of Britain's most humane of intects!
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5.0 out of 5 stars personal and inspiring 3 Aug 2013
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Rarely does an artist book really connect with me but Jarman's personal observations are touching and universal. The stories behind the colours will make any artist smile and nod along!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for the soul 30 May 2014
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I was prompted to browse at books written by Derek Jarman, having watched a brief video remembering him on the 20th anniversary of his death. I tried to make this book last as long as possible, as it was such a wonderful journey. Each chapter given a colour, provoked a sensory meditation, and a trip back in time, on occasions. Littered with poetic/ literary quotations, passages from botanical guides, etc, this book is a treasury of information. Jarman was eclectic beyond my imagination, he must have been the most fascinating and stimulating company to be with. I am now reading his "Modern Nature" and am happy because it has more pages than "Chroma"!....the journey is continuing and it's an absolute pleasure to pick up and read books like these. Can't recommend it enough!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fan of Jarman not disapointed 22 Feb 2014
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touching, thoughtful, musings on colour. Whether you are an artist or just interested in his films and his views (I come under both) this is lovely dip in book.
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