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Summary ß eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¹ Philip Ball Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color characters Þ 107 Philip Ball ¹ 7 Summary Orgeous hues we admire on our walls and in our museumsFinalist for the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Awa. You know how sometimes you go on a date with someone and you feel like ok they had some interesting things to say but you don t necessarily want to go out with them again That s how I feel about this book In the end I gave up on reading this straight through and ended up using the index to skip around There s some interesting facts in it and I appreciate that but the author s tone is a little too lofty for my tastes and some of the information is definitely outdated For example the author explicitly says there is no reason to suppose that our ability to distinguish colors is limited by the structure of our color vocabulary but this is directly contradicted by the latest research There are some nice plates throughout the book but I was disappointed that only one of the credited artists was non white and that there were zero female artists whose work I could find represented in the plates This despite the author s overwrought apologia about gender representation from the preface I have often used the masculine third person to denote a generic painter until the 20th century This is simply an attempt to be consistent with historical record female painters were usually such a rare exception that his or her would jar within the context Imagine me rolling my eyes and making the international hand gesture for Wanker here But he s not done We can deplore the ineuities of early ages without trying to deny them But as you will see some women were able to become painters even the most chauvinistic of timesTo which I can only say Thanks but No Thanks and maybe go fuck yourself while you re at it Because apparently you can deplore the ineuities of earlier ages while also perpetuating them

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Summary ß eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¹ Philip Ball Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color characters Þ 107 Philip Ball ¹ 7 Summary From Egyptian wall paintings to the Venetian Renaissance impressionism to digital images Philip Ball tells t. Bright Earth a book that I had no knowledge of except that it had ended up on my Reading List and somehow thought was going to be a novel set in India turns out to be a history of the pigments used in artists paints It was an eye opener even literally I suppose I had never really thought about the character of art being influenced by the available materials I hope I am not alone in having unthinkingly sort of assumed that all pigments were available to all artists everywhere and that color choices in art were pretty much just a matter of culture and aesthetics I had another think comingThe book begins with a brief outline of the science physics and chemistry of color then progresses or less chronologically from antiuity to the early 20th Century Then there is an especially interesting chapter on how and why paintings decay over time and another on art prints in reproduction Ball closes with a pair of weaker but necessary chapters on new pigments in the paintings of the last 100 years and the use of color in newer non painted mediaIt is in many ways a fun and thought provoking book Its strength it must be said is not in showing how the range of available of pigments in particular times and places influenced the history of art Ball often gestures towards this kind of analysis but outside of a very few cut and dried examples the wealthier Renaissance patrons liked their painters to use a lot of Ultramarine because it was conspicuously expensive it turns out to be pretty tough to draw many strict causative arrows from the materials to what ended up getting painted Turns out that culture and aesthetics are pretty key after allYet there is still a lot to like in the Ball s materials focused history It is for one thing rich in uirky anecdotes Chasing down the trail of paint history takes him through dazzlingly dense thickets of color linguistics the lore and actual practice of alchemy the early history of chemistry as a science and the emergence of the chemical industry Throw in centuries of uirky artists and you ve got a lot of great stories Ball tells them well and a skill lacking in many modern non fiction writers knows how to employ a long uotation to solid effectToo looking at the paint shows new aspects of the paintings I have again naively always thought of a painting being essentially a two dimensional array of colored fields and figures Ball shows how many pictorial effects are achieved through the layering of paints with underpainting determining the overall tone of a piece and layers of translucent overpainting changing the character of a opaue original layer It literally adds a new dimension depth to my conception of the painted surfaceFinally for each historical period he covers Ball tosses in a little capsule summary of the era s traditional art history While not strictly necessary for a history of paint these are so apt and engagingly written that they are a welcome addition to the text Bright Earth is not after all a book with a powerfully argued thesis nor does it provide anything like comprehensive coverage of any specific topic It s really of a scrapbook about paint the painters who used them and the industrial proto industrial and chemical processes that brought them into being It is an excellent leisure read for anyone who loves color art or looking at history from a new and unexpected angle

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Summary ß eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¹ Philip Ball Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color characters Þ 107 Philip Ball ¹ 7 Summary He fascinating story of how art chemistry and technology have interacted throughout the ages to render the g. The best parts are the historical tracereis of the names of colors we take for granted but have no connection any to the earthiness of their origins Like this Crimson comes from the Greek word that approximated the name of an insect that when crushed by pestol would produce an intense dye of deep bluish redIt is not particularly well written very dense and sometimes clumsy But it is so fascinating that one puts up with the style because the ideas are so intriguingThe most interesting thing I learned is that painters were also alchemists protecting their pigment recipes so fiercely A new revolution would be precipitated by making a new color which literally changed the style and execution of art thereafter Colors that were technologically unproduceable did not appear in artwork until they were innovated to be produceable An artist could exclusivize his work by having the only lindseed oil pigment recipe for a new color Only after heshe died would that color become available to other artists through the apothecarists guilds across Europe One of the primary mercantile activities of apothecaries was the compounding and sale of artist oil pigments in paints and pastels They were the repositories of vast records of recipes for the production of artist paints which would morph into the burgeoning scientific discipline of chemistry serving the new needs of medicinal potions and pills This is why many people particularly in Europe still refer to the local corner pharmacy as the apothecaristBall traces the historic processes of techonological color innovation through the ages relates it to art history through the ages Modern chemistry is the result of the Industrialization of the pigmentistapothecarist artist supply tradeSo fascinatingBall makes plain the color space science of chroma hue value brought into the digitized cybernetic age takes us into the technological redefinition thru space exploration imaging transmission of what color is scientifically speaking Very important book to read


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    PDF KINDLE Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color ì Philip Ball Summary ß eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¹ Philip Ball Read & Download Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color This review originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Whenever I tell people that I'm colorblind they want to talk about it which can be frustrating What's it like? they ask What's it like not being colorblind? I reply The best I can do is to explain that no the world doesn't look like a black and white

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    Read & Download Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color PDF KINDLE Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color ì Philip Ball Philip Ball ¹ 7 Summary Wow this is the book I have needed for years Ball reminds me of John McPhee; when he takes on a subject it is an all inclusive ride Ball is a chemist and an excellent writer with a wonderful understanding of art He takes apart color history going back to the Greeks and Egyptians and provides information on so many artists painting and dying techniues up to the present He includes a whole chapter on Blue another on purple He des

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    PDF KINDLE Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color ì Philip Ball Summary ß eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¹ Philip Ball Philip Ball ¹ 7 Summary Bright Earth a book that I had no knowledge of except that it had ended up on my Reading List and somehow thought was going to be a novel set in India turns out to be a history of the pigments used in artists' paints It was an eye opener even literally I suppose I had never really thought about the character o

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    PDF KINDLE Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color ì Philip Ball Summary ß eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¹ Philip Ball Read & Download Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color Brimful of facts the book enhances our understanding of colors color perception and production drawing and history of art in general It portrays interesting intertwinement of painting techniues development and 'ha

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    PDF KINDLE Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color ì Philip Ball Summary ß eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¹ Philip Ball Philip Ball ¹ 7 Summary The best parts are the historical tracereis of the names of colors we take for granted but have no connection any to the earthiness of their origins Like this Crimson comes from the Greek word that approximated the name of an insect that when crushed by pestol would produce an intense dye of deep bluish redIt is not partic

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    PDF KINDLE Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color ì Philip Ball The subtitle of this book is Art and the Invention of Color It's a book that I've been looking for for years I saw it once in the bookstore at a museum many years ago and didn't buy it When I saw it again it was an instant purchase The book pretty much answers the very basic uestion; Where does color come from? From the early Greeks and their

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    PDF KINDLE Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color ì Philip Ball Summary ß eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¹ Philip Ball You know how sometimes you go on a date with someone and you feel like ok they had some interesting things to say but you don't neces

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    PDF KINDLE Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color ì Philip Ball Read & Download Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color Fascinating exploration of the chemistry of color in Western art which examines the relationship between science and technology on the one hand and art and aesthetics on the other I’m intrigued by the physicality of the media artists have used through the centuries and how the embodied nature of paints dyes and pigments have influ

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    PDF KINDLE Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color ì Philip Ball A book that blunts the edge of curiosity A whirlwind of breathless prose when discussing painting’s master pieces it veers from art history to chemistry to long lists of names and synonyms back to physics badly explained to endless paragraphs of technicalities see the chapter on photography I couldn’t see the forest for the trees Disappointing given how much I enjoyed some of Ball’s other writing

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    Read & Download Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color PDF KINDLE Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color ì Philip Ball Philip Ball ¹ 7 Summary Fascinating I learned a lot A comprehensive and engaging review of the development of colorants pigments and dyeswhich illuminates many interesting intersections between art science and industry Wish there had been a bit about pigmented materials other than paint pastels for instance but overall a great read

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  • Paperback
  • 382
  • Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color
  • Philip Ball
  • English
  • 24 November 2018
  • 9780226036281