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Black by Michel Pastoureau
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Oct 30, 10

bookshelves: visual-arts, non-fiction
Read in October, 2010

Pastoureau traces the cultural history of the color black in the Western world, with examples from politics, society and the arts. Black has been evil, fashionable, romantic, rebellious, royal, required, exotic, fertile, pagan, shunned, modern. I had not realized the impact that the chromophobic Protestant Church had on erasing color from people's lives for several centuries. Luckily,the 20th century saw most people reject the severe moral view that found "bright and patterned colors are unworthy of a good Christian."

Though business and positions of authority still favor black, Pastoureau feels it has become at present just another color, neither the most popular (blue, though you'd never know it in NYC) or the least (yellow).
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