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11 March 2019


Colorama, for those who love colors

by Ramona Lucarelli

Colorama, for those who love colors.

Everybody (or almost) loves colors, even those who prefer the total black look have a color to which feel tied.

But how many colors are possible?

Colorama is the most beautiful chromatic sample I’ve ever seen.

A surprising array of 133 shades reveals with poetry the origin or the history that lies behind the many nuances of the world.

Why 133? The format of the book can not contain more, explains the author Marie-Laure Cruschiin art Cruschiform – in an Artribune interview. Her selection was guided by memories evoked by the colors or by the curiosity linked to the anecdotes.

For each “pantone” Colorama dedicates two pages: on the right the main color, on the left an illustration and a brief description. Sometimes one discovers the origin of color, others the story linked to it or simply the reason why in the collective imagination that color carries with it that particular story.

For example, did you know that:

The flamingos are pink because of the shrimp they are greedy! Both animals owe their color to astaxanthin, the pigment contained in the microalgae of the salt ponds in which both live. Birds devour small crustaceans and, given their greed, their plumage is gradually tinged with pink. Without those algae they would all be white! Not by chance that tonality is sometimes called “lobster”, which is another famous crustacean!

Here is the story of The Carrot or The Cardinal Red, the color of The Battered Earth or The Bottle Green, of The Green Rage or Veronese. And so on.

Colorama is a journey of knowledge through colors.

From The White Snow to The Moonlight the French illustrator gives a book that can entertain everyone immersed in beauty.

The illustrations have a graphic and essential style. The images stand out against a white background, achieving the dual purpose of standing out and remaining impressed in the mind of those who browse it.

A tidbit? Two wonderful indices conclude the sample case to distinguish the type of research: one chromatic, the other thematic.

If the purpose is to disclose, Cruschiform makes it happen with poetry.



Tempo di Lettura

133 colored evenings

Photos: Sara Cartelli


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She is an art historian, optimistic and empathic by nature. She imagines a world where sow kindness enjoying the little things. She's in love with stories since she was a child, for the Eat Culture she eats books and arts. Per aspera ad astra says the only tattoo on her skin. It reminds her that the road that leads to her dreams is not always easy but that she never gives up.

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