An Eye for Color

The Story of Josef Albers

By Julia Breckenreid (Illustrator); Natasha Wing
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805080728, 40pp.)

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

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As a child, Josef Albers loved to watch his handyman father paint houses.When Josef grew up and became an artist, he reduced each image to its simplest shapes, breaking it down into blocks of color.

He made an incredible discovery: he could alter the entire mood of a painting just by changing the way he combined the colors! Josef spent his entire life studying color, and what he found revolutionized the way people look at art.

About the Author

NATASHA WING grew up just down the street fromartist Josef Albers. The author of the bestselling The Night Before series, she lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Praise For An Eye for Color

* "Spare, engaging text paired with striking gouache illustrations make this book a perfect choice for aspiring young artists."

An accessible and lively introduction to this artist and to color theory.

An expanded biographical spread and comprehensive glossary with a color wheel greatly enhance this unusual effort, which closes with hands-on projects that explore color theory.

[A] sophisticated and engaging account of an artist and color theorist.… Strikingly illustrated by the award-winning graphic artist Breckenreid (in an admirable picture-book debut) and supported by terrific, inclusive backmatter, this will prove a must-have for museum shops as well as school and public libraries hungry for handsome and unique art books.

Brechenreid's paintings illuminate the story . . . always employing her subject's preferred flat colors and geometric shapes.

Art and science intersect in An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers…. Brilliant canvases with squares within squares are today part of the modern art canon. Albers, their creator, emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1933, and ultimately he produced more than 1,000 such images in a quest to understand color and perception. Oddly, he doesn't enjoy instant name recognition. This lively biography will help correct that. Wing, who grew up down the street from Albers, finds much to appreciate in his paintings, persistence and passion.

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