- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1 edition (15 August 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780691159362
- ISBN-13: 978-0691159362
- ASIN: 069115936X
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
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Praise for the French edition: "This book is a rare fusion of accessible, entertaining writing and rich humanistic learning. Much of the argument is made through historical anecdotes, and Pastoureau has a knack for finding stories that are both instructive and interesting. Green should appeal to historians, art historians, and other scholars in the humanities, as well as to a broad general audience."--David O'Brien, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"One of The Guardian's Best Books of 2014"
"One of TheAustralian.com's "In the Good Books" 2014"
"One of The Globe and Mail 75 Book Ideas for Christmas 2014"
"[C]omprehensive and lavishly illustrated."----Natalie Angier, New York Times
"[S]umptuously illustrated. . . . These are books to look at, but they are also books to read. . . . Individual colors find their being only in relation to each other, and their cultural force depends on the particular instance of their use. They have no separate life or essential meaning. They have been made to mean, and in these volumes that human endeavor has found its historian."---Michael Gorra, New York Review of Books
"Pastoureau's engaging cultural history of the color green tackles art history and color theory. . . . With the look and feel of an artbook, this book holds equal amounts of substance of in the text. . . . His anecdotes are insightful, the references occasionally delightfully esoteric. . . . [H]e gives this substantial discussion further contemporary relevance."--Publishers Weekly
"Beautifully illustrated."--Daily Mail
"From the ample green gown in Jan van Eyck's painting "The Arnolfini Wedding" to the chartreuse and shamrock in Paolo Veronese's work, from Paul Cezanne's apples to Kees van Dongen's Fauvist use of mint and jungle greens, there's much to sink your eyes into."---Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Praise for the French edition: "Filled with surprising insights and astonishing details, and as playful and humorous as it is erudite, Michel PastoureausGreen is an entertaining lesson about the way our visual perceptions are modified by culture. With carefully selected and cleverly captioned illustrations, this beautiful book will appeal to general readers as well as scholars. The writing is simple and effective, making for an easy and entertaining read."--Jean-Baptiste Evette, prize-winning French novelist and translator
Praise for the French edition: "This book is a rare fusion of accessible, entertaining writing and rich humanistic learning. Much of the argument is made through historical anecdotes, and Pastoureau has a knack for finding stories that are both instructive and interesting. Green should appeal to historians, art historians, and other scholars in the humanities, as well as to a broad general audience."--David OBrien, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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The book takes us from the fringes of pre-history and then into the Greek and Roman worlds to help establish how ancient cultures and civilizations viewed (no pun intended) the color. We then move into the medieval period, looking at the color's use in illuminated manuscripts, frescos, and painted sculpture. We continue to move forward in time, bringing the examination all the way to the present, describing and interpreting the color's reality across time. The narrative explores how the color has been differentially interpreted over these vast time periods (for example, why are all pharmacy crosses in France green? And why was green at one time associated with ill health, and others, with life and florid good health?), and presents the development of the color over time.
It actually might sound trivial at first glance, but it is truly a unique and thought-provoking work. It makes associations between art, history, philosophy, and more. It gives us new perspectives on something as simple as a color (or is it really as simple as it first sounds?), and leaves us with what I can only describe as a truly unique and enjoyable examination of the subject.
If you read "Green," you'll want "Blue" and "Black" (and "Red" and "Yellow" are to come), but, unfortunately, with the fame of these works spreading now that they are bring translated into English, the price of even used copies of "Blue" make them largely overpriced. (If you read French, however, the French versions of all these volumes can be picked up for nearly nothing at all.) As the works get press in such publications as The New York Review of Books, expect this situation to only get worse, unless the publisher decides on reprints. So, keep your eye's peeled for the new colors as they are released, and get them while you can.
Finally, it must be said that this volume is beautifully printed, illustrated, and laid out in gorgeous, high resolution, deep color, glossy pages. The reproduced images do nothing but enhance the experience. It's a gorgeous volume, and really a reasonable price when you get it at it's normal release price. Five stars.