Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, also known as the Festival of Spring, the Festival of Colours or the Festival of Love. With magenta, cyan and turquoise in mind, here are some books on colour to tickle your senses:
Best books on colour for Holi:
📚 The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair
The Secret Lives of Colour is a 2016 non-fiction book by British writer Kassia St. Clair which explores the cultural and social history of colours.
📚 The World According to Colour: A Cultural History by James Fox
A beguiling cultural history of colour by the BAFTA nominated broadcaster and art historian. The subject of this book is humankind’s extraordinary relationship with colour.
📚 Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color by Philip Ball
From Egyptian wall paintings to the Venetian Renaissance, impressionism to digital images, Ball tells the fascinating story of how art, chemistry, and technology have interacted throughout the ages to render the gorgeous hues we admire on our walls and in our museums.
The work hybridizes several prose and poetry styles as it documents Nelson’s multifaceted experience with the colour blue, and is often referred to as lyric essay or prose poetry.
📚 Blue: In Search of Nature’s Rarest Color by Kai Kupferschmidt
A globe-trotting quest to find blue in the natural world—and to understand our collective obsession with this captivating colour.
📚 Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville
From her imaginative childhood to her career as an illustrator, designer, and animator for Walt Disney Studios, Blair wouldn’t play by the rules. At a time when studios wanted to hire men, Mary painted emerald skies, peach giraffes, and magenta horses.
What’s your favourite colour?
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