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Chroma: A Book of Colour - June '93 Hardcover – 20 Jan 1994


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Century; 1st Edition edition (20 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712657541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712657549
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Chroma is more than an Aids autobiography...it 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 Wittgenstein...to 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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By douglasbertram@yahoo.com on 19 Oct. 2000
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jo Italy on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tina Mammoser on 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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this is one of my favourite books - it's beautiful, colourful (but of course), and insightful to the period he was living in. i don't think this is just a gay book, but a very useful descriptive book for any artists/writers who want to find our more about colours.
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