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Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color (2001)

by Philip Ball

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Colour in art - as in life - is both inspiring and uplifting, but where does it come from? How have artists found new hues, and how have these influenced their work? Beginning with the ancients - when just a handful of pigments made up the artist's palette - and charting the discoveries and developments that have led to the many splendoured rainbow of modern paints, Bright Earth brings the story of colour spectacularly alive. Packed with anecdotes about lucky accidents and hapless misfortunes in the quests for new colours, it provides an entertaining and fascinating new perspective on the science of art.… (more)
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A highly entertaining survey for the invention of artist pigments through out the human history. ( )
  Rex_Lui | Sep 12, 2019 |
Maybe it would have been better if Bayer just stuck to synthisizing indigo and making dyes ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
Maybe it would have been better if Bayer just stuck to synthisizing indigo and making dyes ( )
  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
-all those things, all related
-art is more than art ( )
  mykl-s | Aug 28, 2013 |
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For the past two years I have been learning to speak a new language.
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THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
THE SCIENTIST IN THE STUDIO

"I believe that in the future, people will start painting pictures in one single colour, and nothing else but colour."
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One of the Impressionists' numerous bludgeon-witted critics suggested that they might have achieved their results by loading a gun with bright colours and firing it at the canvas.
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Colour in art - as in life - is both inspiring and uplifting, but where does it come from? How have artists found new hues, and how have these influenced their work? Beginning with the ancients - when just a handful of pigments made up the artist's palette - and charting the discoveries and developments that have led to the many splendoured rainbow of modern paints, Bright Earth brings the story of colour spectacularly alive. Packed with anecdotes about lucky accidents and hapless misfortunes in the quests for new colours, it provides an entertaining and fascinating new perspective on the science of art.

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