A Cultural History
A book to brighten the dullest days -- Rachel Campbell-Johnston * The Times (Books of the Year) * A brilliantly fluent and readable history of colour -- Honor Clerk * Spectator (Books of the Year) * Fairly shimmers with Fox's eye for arresting facts and anecdotes -- Kassia St Clair * Times Literary Supplement * Intelligent, vividly written ... I'm going to buy three copies -- Laura Freeman * The Times * Flits with enthusiasm and lightly worn learning from Bronze Age gold-workers to Turner, Titian to Yves Klein -- Simon Ings * Daily Telegraph (Books of the Year) * Colour becomes a philosophical feast - astrophysics, the origins of civilisation, a palette of moral associations -- Ed Smith * New Statesman (Books of the Year) * A manual to navigate and enjoy the extraordinary design of the world around us -- Anna Galbraith * Mail on Sunday * Leads down some wonderful rabbit holes -- Chris Allnutt * Financial Times * A book that makes you want to paint -- Joad Raymond * BBC History Magazine *
James Fox is Director of Studies in History of Art at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and a BAFTA-nominated broadcaster. His many acclaimed BBC television documentaries include programmes about British art, Japanese culture and an enduringly popular history of colour in art.