Color Bibliography

A list of books gathered and read while I was collecting and distilling pigment from the earth. Favorites are marked ★.

Albers, Joseph. On the Interaction of Colors. Yale University Press, 2013.

Balfour Paul, Jenny. Deeper Than Indigo. Medina Publishing, 2015.

Ball, Philip. Bright Earth: Art and the invention of Color. The University of Chicago Press, 2001.

★ Batchelor, David. Chromophobia. Reaktion Books, 2001.

Batchelor, David, ed. Colour. MIT Press, 2008.

★ Batchelor, David. The Luminous and the Grey. Reaktion Books, 2014.

Baty, Patrick. The Anatomy of Colour. Thames & Hudson, 2017

Cennini, Cennino d'Andrea. The Craftsman Handbook. Dover, 1960.

★ Finlay, Victory. Color: A Natural History of the Palette. Random House, 2003.

Gage, John. Color and Culture. University of California Press, 1999.

Garfield, Simon. Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World. W. W. Norton & Company, 2000.

Gass, William. On Being Blue. New York Review Books, 2014.

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Theory of Colours. MIT Press, 1970.

★ Greenfield, Amy Butler. A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire. Harper Perennial, 2006.

Jarman, Derek. Chroma: A Book of Color. University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

Khandekar, Narayan. Collecting Colour. ArtEZ Press, 2017.

Leslie, Esther. Synthetic Worlds: Nature, Art, and the Chemical Industry. Reaktion Books, 2006.

Magaloni Kerpel, Diana. The Colors of the New World: Artists, Materials, and the Creation of the Florentine Codex. Getty Research Institute, 2014.

★ Nelson, Maggie. Bluets. Wave Books, 2009.

★ Taussig, Michael. What Color ls The Sacred? University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Thomas, Anne Wall. Colors from the Earth: The Preparation and Use of Native Earth Pigments. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1980.