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Blue is the color of … the veins in your hands, a robin’s egg, the sea, the sky, and the earth as it has been photographed from space. In “Blue Mythologies: Reflections on a Colour” (Reaktion), Carol Mavor, a professor of art history and visual studies in Manchester, England, moves between mediums and centuries, examining Paul Gaugin’s paintings, Marcel Proust’s writings, the films of French director Agnes Varda, and much more. Fifty-nine color plates add lush visuals and the blue ribbon marker is a nice touch.

Nicole Lamy can be reached at nlamy@globe.com.

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