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Colour: Making and Using Dyes and Pigments [Paperback]

François Delamare , Bernard Guineau
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27 Nov 2000
The science of pigments, hues, and dyes has a long and ancient history. From the 40000-years-old caves at Lascaux and the medieval cloth trade that enriched Europe to the synthetic chemistry of modern times, colour making has had a central place in our lives. This book surveys the history of dyes and pigments, the invention of new colours, and the industries that fuelled them. It explores colouring and dyeing methods through history and asks questions relating to this, such as: what were the colours of Ancient Egypt?; what did artists use to paint their magnificent frescoes?; where do indigo and ochre come from?; why is purple the colour of royalty?; what are pastels?; how many colours are their?; why do we dye our food?; who invented ink?; what are white and black made of?; and what is the symbolism of yellow? This comprehensive text offers information and insights into many colours ranging from cerise to heliotrope, and gamboge to periwinkle.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (27 Nov 2000)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0500301026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500301029
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.5 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating introduction to colour 10 Dec 2010
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This is an excellent book, packed with fascinating information and loads of illustrations. Modern people take colour for granted, and it was eye-opening to discover how difficult it is for man to replicate nature's rich display. My only criticism is that while the book contains a huge amount of information about the development of colour technologies through the ages, it is rather light on details of the incredible developments in the past 50 to 100 years.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I was expecting something else. 4 Mar 2013
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I was rather disappointed because I was expecting it to be about what the title says: MAking and using pigments. Instead it really is an historical account of pigments. If that is interesting then I'm sure the book is fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colourful 14 Nov 2012
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Well presented, little book, either to read through or pick up and put down again. Great for children learning about art as well as adults. Beautiful photos that are .....very bright and colourful. Well worth having and pick it up on a dull cloudy day...it will make the sun come out right in front of you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice 25 Sep 2013
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This is a gem of a book. I'm so happy with my purchase. A reference book for life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good little book covering basics. 1 Sep 2013
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Good little book covering basics with lots of nice illustrations. This is a very good book for those who don't need to go too deeply into the subject. Beautifully illustrated and a nice size for pockets or handbags.
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