Title & author:
Color: A Visual History from Newton to Modern Color Matching Guides by Alexandra Loske.
What it's about:
Loske takes us on a tour of color theory and the resulting publications on color along with their color charts all the way from the 1600s until now. I was astounded at how much history there is to the way we understand and talk about color!
Who it's for:
Color fanatics and painters who will appreciate an in-depth historical overview of color theory and color systems.
What I liked:
The book is gorgeous. The visuals are absolutely amazing. The author takes on the topic with enthusiasm and goes deep. I appreciate the effort made to showcase the design of the various books and publications on color. A bit of history of book production and printing processes also naturally gets woven into the narrative.
What I didn't:
This is a very detailed book. You definitely have to have an interest in this kind of thing to appreciate the text. It was a pretty academic read; I don't think just anyone will dig in.
Everyone will enjoy the pictures. Check it out from the library and skip your way through. Not everyone will read it cover to cover.