The World According to Colour with James Fox

James Fox and his book

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A beguiling cultural history of colour

This is an online-only event hosted on the British Library platform. Bookers are sent a viewing link shortly before the event and are able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.

BAFTA-nominated broadcaster and art historian James Fox explores humankind's extraordinary relationship with colour. Going deep into the primary colours of black, red, yellow, blue, white, purple and green he ranges across the world and throughout history, to reveal the meanings that have been attached to the colours we see around us and the ways these have shaped our culture and imagination.

Understanding colour allows us to see works of art in a new way, from Bronze Age gold-work to Turner, Titian to Yves Klein. It helps us relate to the characteristics of different eras, whether the blue horizons which framed the Age of Discovery; the pristine aspirations of Enlightenment or the technicolour innovation of the Industrial Revolution and the colour which most embodies the environmental crisis which now faces us.

James’s talk is followed by a conversation hosted by Ferren Gipson and the chance to ask your own questions.

Purchase a copy of The World According to Colour at checkout for £28 (UK orders) and watch the event at no extra cost.* 

James Fox is an art historian, broadcaster and Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. His many acclaimed BBC television documentaries include programmes on the history of Cornish art, the British Renaissance and the culture and politics of Vienna in 1908, Paris in 1928 and New York in 1951.

Ferren Gipson is an art historian, writer, and presenter based in London. She is the author of The Ultimate Art Museum (Phaidon), hosts the Art Matters podcast, and is a doctoral researcher at SOAS, University of London.


*Prices include postage and packaging (£3 for UK orders and £7.50 for non-UK orders). Books will be dispatched after the event, normally within 7 days. Please ensure your postal address is up to date on your British Library account before placing your order.

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Name: The World According to Colour with James Fox
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £5.00
Member: £5.00
Online Event w/Book (The World According to Colour) (UK postage): £28.00
Online Event w/Book (The World According to Colour) (Non-UK postage): £32.50
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546