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A Publication of the College Art Association. Description The central argument of “Chromophobia” is that a chromophobic impulse – a fear of corruption or contamination through colour – lurks within much Western cultural and intellectual thought.

Are You a Chromophobic? This book says our culture fears colour – The Chromologist

Colour is dangerous, or it is trivial, or it is both. His conclusion is that colour in the West has been both a source of fascination, but also fear and loathing. He wants to show that the denigration of color is connected to deep social structures.

Jun 06, Jon rated it liked it.


Mar 01, Patricia rated it did not like it. Basically, the color white stands for “good” and all other colors encroach on “goodness,” threatening a fall into “evil” and “immorality.

The interior is a minimalist showplace: Yet Batchelor does not offer a clear-cut account of chhromophobia of these perspectives on color, depending instead on the persuasive force of condensed paradoxes and unexpected analogies.

In the course of awakening susceptible readers to the full spectrum of visual experience, Batchelor arms them with the skepticism appropriate to discerning whether a chomophobia virtue is simply a self-imposed poverty in disguise. I don’t quite agree with some of Batchelor’s conclusions but it is interesting nonetheless.


The author summarizes the prehistory of Euro-American chromatic ambivalence, then plunges into the present cultural scene. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.

David Batchelor seeks to go beyond the limits of earlier studies, analyzing the motivations behind chromophobia and considering the work of writers and artists who have been prepared to look bpok color as a positive value. Batchelor also turns away dramatically from the laborious and restrained style of most scholarly writing.

Batchelor’s method is to assemble quotations from wide-ranging sources and talk around and through them. Feb 09, Gretchen rated it really liked it Shelves: Preview — Chromophobia by David Batchelor.

The central argument of Chromophobia is that a chromkphobia impulse – a fear of corruption or contamination through color – lurks within much Western cultural and intellectual thought.

The black Model T? While I am neither an art historian nor a semiologist, this book took me into these fields and helped me to think about the myriad of ways in which western tradition expresses fear of the other. In the second, colour is relegated to the realm of the superficial, the supplementary, the inessential or the cosmetic. White, here, is not the color of clarity or elegance.

Are You a Chromophobic? This book says our culture fears colour…

The book begins to find its voice again in the final chapter, positing that the industrialization and commoditization of color seems designed to destroy the otherness that gave color its appeal to would-be subversive chromophiles.


The book’s narrative quality goes chromopbobia the telling of color theory’s history and other approaches to color, coming to read like a psychological thriller: A very good informative read, made me think of chromatic and a-chromatic colour from a different perspective.

Le Corbusier may have come to respect white above all else, but extracts here from his earlier travel diaries reveal a man almost drunk on the colours of the Orient.

The adoption of industrial materials and modular compositional schemes are very important here. Its language shapes our metaphors, dis colors our speech, and sways our behaviors.

Als I liked the range of sources and the way this book made me think chromopuobia colour.

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Catalogues Download PDF catalogues: Jan 14, Sophy rated it really liked it. Batchelor attempts to convince us of this with flowery illustrations.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Tap chrlmophobia Main Menu. The above quote from German author Goethe closes Chromophobiaa book about colour in culture by artist and author David Batchelor.

Color, for those Batchelor calls “chromophiles,” retains all the qualities that chromophobes despise. Paperbackpages. Colour remains other; in fact, it often becomes more other than before. Color–as David Batchelor’s Chromophobia would argue–is an entity chrojophobia perceived as messy by Western society.