COLOURS OF ART
by Chloe Ashby (Frances Lincoln £25, 256 pp)
Learn more about how artists experimented with pigments to deliver masterpieces in Ashby’s stunning book
‘There are colours that make each other shine, that make a couple, complete each other like man and wife,’ said van Gogh in a letter to his sister months before slicing through his ear with a razor. When released from hospital, he painted this intense and expressive still life in red and green, one crab on its front, the other scrabbling on its back, in perhaps a perfect encapsulation of his fragile mental state. Four months later, he was confined to an asylum and killed himself the following year. Learn more about how artists experimented with pigments to deliver masterpieces in Ashby’s stunning book, from Vermeer’s ultramarine to Andy Warhol’s hot pinks.
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