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The Purple Book: Symbolism & Sensuality in Contemporary Art and Illustration

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The Purple Book is a luxurious compendium of contemporary illustration that explores fantasy, sensuality, and the erotic imagination. It highlights visual art and the written word as media for representing human desire's relationship with the dream-state, make-believe, and symbolism.
The title of the book is inspired by The Yellow Book, the periodical published in the 1890s and initially art directed by Aubrey Beardsley. While the color yellow represented the daringly salacious ...

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Overview

The Purple Book is a luxurious compendium of contemporary illustration that explores fantasy, sensuality, and the erotic imagination. It highlights visual art and the written word as media for representing human desire's relationship with the dream-state, make-believe, and symbolism.
The title of the book is inspired by The Yellow Book, the periodical published in the 1890s and initially art directed by Aubrey Beardsley. While the color yellow represented the daringly salacious in the 1890s, today the color purple is synonymous with opulence and sensuality.

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"The Purple Book is a testament to the printed book - an impressive object full of enticing content." ~ Buzz Poole, PrintMag.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780671253
  • Publisher: King, Laurence Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,061,316
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 13.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Angharad Lewis is an independent writer and editor and former editor of Grafik magazine. She has contributed articles to Eye, Icon, Crafts and Etapes magazines and contributed to, authored and edited books including Public Address System (2006), Street Talk (2006) and for Laurence King Materials Process Print (2007). In 2012 she launched online magazine and design retailer Up Side Up.

Angus Hyland is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a partner at Pentagram Design London. His work for Laurence King includes (with Roanne Bell) Hand to Eye (2003), The Picture Book (2010) and, with Steven Bateman, Symbol (2011).

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