Rational Beauty

Blue Violet

A book of deeply personal and lush photographs, drawings, and writing, Blue Violet is Cig Harvey's celebration of the natural world and the senses.

Blue Violet is a vibrant meditation on the procession of seasons, sensory abundance, and the magic in everyday life. Part art book, botanical guide, historical encyclopedia, and poetry collection, Blue Violet is a compendium of beauty, color, and the senses. Plants, flowers, and our experience of the natural world are the threads that tie this unique book together. Exploring the five senses, Blue Violet takes the reader on a personal journey through nature and the range of human emotions. Images and text in a variety of forms (prose poetry, recipes, lists, research pieces, diagrams) focus on immediate experience to understand the vibrancy of the senses on memory and feelings.


Publisher: Monacelli, a Phaidon Company
Photographer: Cig Harvey
Introduction: Cig Harvey
Foreword by Jacoba Urist
Editor: Alan Rapp
Production Director: Michael Vagnetti

Typeface: Sang Bleu Empire
Sang Bleu Republic

Format: Cloth Hardback with French-fold style binding
Number of pages: 208
Publication date: 2021-05-04
Measurements: 9.25 x 11.50 inches

Music: Marginalia #13, Masakatsu Takagi