Simon Caterson reviews 'Chromatopia: An illustrated history of colour' by David Coles

Simon Caterson reviews 'Chromatopia: An illustrated history of colour' by David Coles

Chromatopia: An illustrated history of colour

by David Coles

Thames & Hudson, $49.99 hb, 224 pp, 9781760760021

The story of art could be framed as a narrative of tension between the boundless creative imagination of artists and the practical limitations – including instability, scarcity, even toxicity – of their materials. As master paint-maker David Coles explains in this wonderful book, the vividness and permanence of artists’ colours have never been assured.

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Simon Caterson

Simon Caterson

Simon Caterson is a Melbourne-based freelance writer and the author of Hoax Nation: Australian Fakes and Frauds from Plato to Norma Khouri (Arcade Publications, 2010).

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