The Colours of Our Memories

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-08-27
  • Publisher: Polity
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What remains of the colours of our childhood? What are our memories of a blue rabbit, a red dress, a yellow bike? Were they really those colours? And later on, what colours do we associate with our student years, our first loves, our adult life? How does colour leave its mark on memory? How does it stimulate memory? How does it transform it? Or, to reverse that question, how does colour become the victim of memorys whims and lapses? In an attempt to reply to these questions - and to many others - Michel Pastoureau presents us with a journal about colours that covers over half a century (1950-2010). Through personal memories, notes taken on the spot, uninhibited comments, scholarly digressions and the remarks of a professional historian, this book retraces the recent history of colours in France and Europe. Among the fields of observation that are covered or evoked are the vocabulary and data of language, fashion and clothing, everyday objects and practices, emblems and flags, sport, literature, painting, museums and the history of art. This text - playful, poetic, nostalgic - records the life of both the author and his contemporaries. We live in a world increasingly bursting with colour, in which colour remains a focus for memory, a source of delight and, most of all, an invitation to dream.

Author Biography

Michel Pastoureau is chair of the history of medieval symbolism at the École pratique des hautes etudes, and one of the world’s leading authorities on the history of colours. His many previous books include Blue, Black and The Devil's Cloth.

Table of Contents

Colour. An aide-mémoire
In the beginning was yellow
Turbulent stripes
The navy-blue blazer
Subversive trousers
A particular blue
From the garment to the myth
Colour against flesh
Neutral shades in good taste
Mitterand beige
Slimming colours
In the London Underground
Daily Life
My mother’s pharmacy
The sad tale of young Philippe
Choosing a colour: an impossible undertaking?
Metro tickets
Red or blue?
Traffic lights
Colour and design: a missed chance?
Eating colours
The Arts And Letters
In a painter’s studio
A painter caught between two volumes
In darkened halls
The Red and the Black
Chrétien de Troyes at the cinema
Pink pigs and black pigs
When Dalí assigned marks
The colours of a great painter
Historians without colours
The workings of time
On Sports Grounds
Goals and referees
The yellow bike
Bartali and the Italian flag
The Tour de l’Ouest
Colour by default
Easy colours and difficult ones
Pink and orange
Myths And Symbols
Little Red Ridinghood
Long live school Latin
My discovery of heraldry
The black cat
Green superstitions
The colour of destiny
Furling the colours
A historical object that is alarming
Playing chess
Wittgenstein and heraldic colours
On Tastes And Colours
An American gift
Sunbathing through the years
The ‘bling’ of the 1950s
A brief history of gold
A mysterious shade of green
Do you see red clearly?
No purple for children
The whims of memory
Preferences and opinion polls
Brown and beige
Spelling and grammar
A day at the races
The zero degree of colour
A part that stands for the whole
The Greek blue
The demise of nuances
Speaking of colours without showing them
What is colour?
A few helpful chronological details
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