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Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox Hardcover – 19 Sep 2002

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; 2002 First Edition edition (19 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340733284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340733288
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 22.1 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Packed with stories, anecdotes and adventures. A full rainbow ... as vivid as the colours themselves (Express)

You get your money's worth and change to spare ... Both picaresque and picturesque, it's a rich read. (Evening Standard)

This is a rare and wonderful book - a model of erudition and charm, the
writing elegant and precise, and with at least one new and fascinating
revelation on every single page. I could not be more enthusiastic.

(Simon Winchester, author of THE PROFESSOR AND THE)

It's pure pleasure to join this gutsy arts reporter-cum-scholar on her quest for historical pigments and dyes around the world ... Even drab (technically the tone between olive and puce) seems less so when Finlay examines it (Independent)

It's hard to criticise her spirit of cultural exploration and easy to share her intelligent enthusiasm . . .Packed with pertinent trivia . . . informative and fun (South China Morning Post)

Full of forgotten facts and beguiling anecdotes . . . it would be hard to confront a painting ever again without seeing in it a kind of coded map of the world (Telegraph)

Packed with facts, fables and anecdotes ... Finlay's detailed and brilliantly researched account makes for a fascinating read (Australian Interior Trends)

Victoria Finlay has unlocked the history of colour in this trawl through some little-known history (Courier Mail ( Australia))

An irresistible cornucopia ...Her travels are Marco Polish; her research vast but lightly worn. The whole book is an infectious delight. (RTE Guide)

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On a journey that takes her from Afghanistan, to the Australian outback, to ancient caves in China, and the saffron harvest in Spain, Victoria Finlay gives an extraordinary, and compelling account of the history of colour.

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I bought this book initially for a friend who paints, but while looking through it, I was hooked. It is absolutely fascinating. It covers travel, history, art and science. Needless to say my friend will not be receiving the first copy I bought. It is such an easy book to read. I definitely will be looking into other books on the subject as shown in the bibliograpy of this book. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
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I've been looking for a book like this for ages. Victoria Finlay's sub-title (Travels Through the Paint-box)describes this fascinating tome well.It is partly an autobiographical travelogue and partly a history of all the colours of the rainbow. There are several useful maps and some stunning photographs - I suppose more would have put the price up too much. Because she covers so many colours there is a tendency sometimes to feel 'I wish she had gone more deeply into that,' but the excellent bibliography and end-notes will enable me to research further into those areas. This should be in all art department libraries and on the bookshelves of all art students who can afford it. If I hadn't bought it already it would be top of my Christmas list.
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When you take things for granted you usually do not understand their importance and beauty. This happens with colours. Victoria Finlay's book invites us to look at our surrounding world with different eyes and teaches us to stare with fascination at colours. It is a beautiful book that takes us on a journey around the world, allowing us to meet extremely interesting people that have so much to tell on something as beautiful as colours. When you finish reading it, you wish the rainbow had not only 7, but hundreds of colours!!! A must read for curious minds....
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This book was the beginning of a travel of my own. The book takes us around the world discovering the origins of the pigments of all the colours in the rainbow. Combining historical facts, trivia stories and interesting people Victoria Finlay takes us on a journey that we do not wish to end! I am currently reading it for the second time and it has been a strong basis (both in terms of info and bibliography) for my thesis about the theory of colour in Portuguese Modernism.
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This is truely amazing - always fascinated by colour, but never, ever would I have guessed at the amazing stories behind them. So many unrelated puzzling trivials have been answered in this book, the old masters can be seen in a new light, even to an art heathen, the fact that the paintings have survived this long is indeed a feat of outstanding wonder, given the careful chemistry and make up of the materials they had to work with. A truely amazing, fascinating historical book, beautifully written, and I'm so glad I've had the opportunity to read it.
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Victoria Finlay comes from a background both as an arts journatist and also someone who has lived and worked abroad. This broad view shines through.
It is really a collection of stories, linked by the quest for colour. It is a rich and rewarding read, and one that is both absorbing. Yet as the stories of the individual colours and pigments are revealed and are amazingly potent, the book can also be taken in bite sized chunks - ideal for those, who like me, do much of their reading while commuting.
So, if you love William Dalrymple, are an art student, or just want to find out how lucky we are to live in a multi-coloured world, I stongly recommend this book.
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We see colour everywhere and it never occured to me to think about how paints and dyes were made. It was not even something I was concerned about. But in reading the backcover, I was drawn by the writer's single-minded quest to find out how people made colour before we had synthetically produced paints.
She takes us from the "non-colours" of black & white and through the spectrum of the rainbow, the seven colours of which - Mr Roy G Biv - were defined by Isaac Newton. I was surprised to find that Newton's definition was actually his own interpretation of what he decided should be 7 shades, ie had he wished, he could have insisted on turquoise (between green & blue) instead of indigo (between blue & purple).
I was amazed to find out that red comes from a cochineal bug which feeds on the prickly pear cactus, green from copper dipped in vinegar, and purple from the tears of a sea-snail.
And then there are there are the fascinating bits of trivia. Perhaps Napolean died not from cancer but from a reaction between arsenic and the damp in the green in his wallpaper.
There are many many more bits like this, but I won't spoil it for other readers. I picked up this book on spec, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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A truly excellent book all round with wonderful anecdotes. A must for anyone interested in colour, dyeing or painting. The book would be improved with more pictures but still it is a clearly a labour of love for the author. Check out the extensive bibliography - this is extensively researched (one of the great measures of non-fiction) and the notes are really worth reading too. One warning; I bought (through Amazon) the 2004 paperback published by Random House. 31 pages of chapter 10 were completely missing and the rubric (first letter on page one) of chapters 1 and 2 were missing... I suspect the print run was flawed and should have been spotted by Random House's proof readers. Imagine - the first letter of the first word of the first chapter is missing....Hmmmmm.... Amazon was great and offered a refund... no criticism of Amazon is intended but be aware... my copy was the American version "Color - A Natural History of the Palette"
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