Color (Hardcover)

A Visual History from Newton to Modern Color Matching Guides

By Alexandra Loske

Smithsonian Books, 9781588346575, 240pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2019

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Description

Charts color exploration and expression from the 1600s to the present day through painters' tools, art, ephemera, and literature

Throughout history, artists, scientists, and philosophers have attempted to explain and order the visible color spectrum. Color: A Visual History from Newton to Modern Color Matching Guides offers the fascinating history of how color has been recorded, explored, and understood. Using an extraordinary collection of original color material that includes charts, wheels, artists' palettes, and swatches, the book showcases centuries of significant scientific discoveries and artistic exploration. It celebrates the visual quality and beauty of various color theories over time and highlights the creativity of their design and codification. The book showcases everything from fourteenth-century illuminated manuscripts to Moses Harris's The Natural System of Colours (ca. 1769), and from 1814's Werner's Nomenclature of Colours to Paul Klee's color harmonies to highlight the fascinating interactions of science and art. This stunning display of shades, tints, and tones is an authoritative guide for anyone working in the arts, as well as anyone passionate about color in their personal lives, homes, and surroundings.


About the Author

ALEXANDRA LOSKE is an art historian, curator, and editor with a particular interest in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century European art and architecture. She is the managing editor of the Frogmore Press, which publishes the Frogmore Papers literary journal and other collections.


Praise For Color: A Visual History from Newton to Modern Color Matching Guides

"If you want to understand society, look at the way it talks about hue, suggests a new tome from art historian Alexandra Loske." —Fast Company