To learn more about 19th century colour, please consult the team’s publications, our colour bibliography and/or colour database.

Our publications


Arnaud Dubois, La vie chromatique des objets, une anthropologie de la couleur de l’art contemporain, Brepols, 2019.


Arnaud Dubois, Jean-Baptiste Eczet, Adeline Grand-Clément, Charlotte Ribeyrol (ed.), Arcs-en-ciel & couleurs, Paris : CNRS Editions, 2018.


Elisa Bizzotto and Stefano Evangelista (ed.), Arthur Symons: Poet, Critic, Vagabond, Legenda, Modern Humanities Research Association, 2019.


Charlotte Ribeyrol, The Colours of the Past in Victorian England, Oxford: Peterlang, 2016.


Colour Database

The CHROMOTOPE research database (forthcoming) will compile a wide range of 19th century texts on colour. This open-access archive will shed light on how colour was described, displayed, classified and taught primarily in Britain, France and Germany but also throughout the world during this pivotal period. It will bring together visually and analytically scientific and literary discussions of colour and, whenever applicable, their colour illustrations. This research tool, based on cross-disciplinary collaboration, will be enriched throughout the duration of the project. If you wish to contribute to the CHROMOTOPE database, please let us know by using the contact form.

Colour Bibliography

  • Loske, A., Colour: A Visual History, Tate, 2019.

  • Rossi, M. The Republic of colour, University of Chicago Press, 2019.

  • Ripoll, E. Penser la couleur en littérature. Explorations romanesques des Lumières au réalisme, Classiques Garnier, 2019.

  • Pastoureau, M. Jaune, Histoire d’une couleur, Le Seuil, 2019.

  • Moser, S., Painting Antiquity, Oxford University Press, 2019.

  • Conquer, R. Reading Colour, Peterlang, 2019.

  • Kastan, D. On Color, Yale University Press, 2018.

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