image Book Review #1: The Brilliant History of Color in Art


Author: Victoria Finlay

Genre: Arts and Photography

Language: English

Publisher: Getty Publications

Date of publication: November 1, 2014

Number of pages: 62

Usually, it takes a while for me to finish the books which I get for an honest review from Netgalley. But this book was not only a surprise, but also short and quick.

Synopsis: Art is never seen without colors. Usually people get engrossed with the beauty of art and wonder about the history and dedication that goes with each picture. Rarely, do people imagine or wonder about the colors that has been used. This book unravels the history behind each pigment.

The author might have done all the hard work in venturing out into the world of colors, but its the readers who get involved in this journey and enjoy it. Whether its the bright and bold Red, or the soothing nature of purple or the mysticism of wonder of blue, every color has a story to tell. Art doesn’t come into existence on its own, if the color palette doesn’t get involved. Each color came into existence, because someone from our ancestor actually tried to make it. Every page has been written in a language which is easy to comprehend and every word helps in creating the image; the reader actually relives the pages of history and is able to relate to it. Every exploration has been well-detailed and the brilliant use of the right amount of pictures makes it more enjoyable. The cover page and the title relate with each other and the content of the book. This is truly a colorful book and I enjoyed it; maybe more so because I actually enjoy painting and using colors in my daily llife.

My opinion: This book encompasses art, culture and history brilliantly and makes it definitely worth reading.

My rating: 5 out of 5


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