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List of illustrations

  • The Instability of Color
  • The view from Santorini
  • Rainbow on a Long Island beach
  • Color illusion
  • Of Colours, experiment 58
  • Roses Are Red
  • Mountain Light
  • The Dress
  • Ishihara Plate No. 11
  • Millennium Piece (with Orange)
  • Basket with Six Oranges
  • Still Life with Oranges and Walnuts
  • The Third
  • Synecdoche
  • Cover of Simplicissimus
  • Crayola crayons: flesh and peach
  • Untitled (I Feel Most Colored When I Am Thrown Against a Sharp White Background)
  • The Green Path of Hope
  • View of Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew (big blue marble)
  • Supporters of Gujarat's chief minister and Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi
  • The flag of the Republic of Ireland
  • Derek Jarman in front of a screen showing Blue during the final mix
  • The Tragedy
  • Scrovegni Chapel
  • Yves Klein during the filming of The Hearbeat of France
  • Indigo Dyer in San, Mali
  • Indigo cakes
  • An indigo plantation in the Antilles
  • Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth
  • Water Lilies, detail
  • Poplars, Sunset at Eragny
  • Charing Cross Bridge, The Thames
  • Skyspace Piz Uter
  • Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Ford dress
  • Black Square
  • Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica physica atque technica historia
  • The Whiteness of the Whale
  • Dead whale on the beach in Brittany
  • Agnus Dei
  • Untitled #17
  • View from the Window at Le Gras
  • Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children, Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California (known as Migrant Mother)
  • Migrant Mother
  • Abandoned Ottoman Railway Station #28
  • Still from Pleasantville
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Description: On Color
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~COLOR IS A COLLABORATION—a collaboration, as Paul Cézanne said, of the mind and the world. So it seems only right that a book about color should itself be a collaboration (as all books in fact are). This one began in 2007, in a restaurant in Amagansett village on Long Island, when a mutual friend pulled us together, saying, “You two...
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OUR LIVES ARE SATURATED by color. The sky above us is blue (or gray or pink or purple or nearly black). The grass we walk on is green, though sometimes it is brown. Our skin has color, though not exactly the color we normally ascribe to it. Our hair has color, even if that color inevitably changes with time—and may change again with the skill of our hair colorist. Our clothes have...
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Roses are red. Not all of them, of course. Near the beginning of James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus sits...
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The human eye can distinguish millions of shades of color, subtly discriminating small differences of energy along the visual spectrum...
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Sometime early in 1515, Tomé Pires sent a detailed account of his three years of Asian travel to the Portuguese king Manuel I. The manuscript remained unpublished...
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As a pigment, green is not a primary color. It can be made by mixing blue and yellow paint, so it fails the test...
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Colors have long been linked with human emotions. The connection existed long before Donovan’s “Mellow Yellow” in 1966...
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Has anyone ever actually seen the color indigo? While it is impossible to know the exact colors that people see...
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English-speaking schoolchildren nearly had to remember the order of the rainbow colors with the mnemonic...
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There is probably no more celebrated dress than the black satin sleeveless sheath that Audrey Hepburn wears in the opening scene of the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s...
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White is the mixture of all colors.” This is the first of its lies. Newton’s prism had indeed shown how “white” light could be divided into a continuum...
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Photographs,” said Susan Sontag, “really are experience captured.” The “really,” however, poses a problem...
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