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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Spon Press / Chapman & Hall; 1 edition (1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041238390X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0412383908
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 5.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 697,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1676, Sir Isaac Newton, using a triangular prism, analyzed white sunlight into a spectrum of colors. Read the first page
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan 2001
Format: Hardcover
Once picked up this book is very hard to put down. A shortened version of his exceedingly brilliant book 'The Art of Colour'.Every page is full of interesting facts about colour.Itten is very knowledgeable about art as well as colour and it's implications in painting as well as other areas of our lives. If you ever wanted to know anything about colour and why it has such an effect on us and our surroundings then this is the book for you, but beware after reading this book you may want to buy the full version, I do!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Amanda Northey-damms on 8 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you are at all interested in learning about colour for the purposes of designing/painting etc, then this is the book for you. Not a light read but very informative for the serious student.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By art gives me a high on 6 Dec 2009
Format: Hardcover
"The Elements of Colour" is a treatise on colour based on the work of Johannes Itten. Itten taught at the Bauhaus in the 1920s where colour theory had a major impact on art and design. Itten's fellow teachers at that time included the painters Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky.

Itten put great emphasis on his students getting the feel of a colour and the impact of each colour in combination with other colours - for example - when two colours appear next to each other. Whilst Itten is writing for students of art and design his approach is very scientific and has much wider application. Each colour has a specific "physical" attribute - the frequency of the vibration - but the feeling it invokes lies beyond the eye and the sensory organs.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JackieL on 22 Jun 2012
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This book is endlessly fascinating. It is a condensed version of Itten's book, I think called 'the Art of Colour', and while the larger book is far more beautiful because of the colour plates featuring works of art, this one is far more affordable! It contains theory around how colour 'works', and is well illustrated. I can't pretend to really understand everything in it, but as someone with no training in art at all I still got a lot out of it.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tim Holyoake on 16 Jan 2003
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If you are in the habbit of being creative there are times when awaiting inspiration is just not enough. You will need to know the nuts and bolts of the task in order to get the best framework for your flights of fancy / fantasy.
Creative imagery is about form, but not totally.This book abley presents the technical side of how colour is used and to what degree the elements will blend (or not).
A very valuale addition to the bookshelf of any Painter, Colour Photographer, Interior Designer. In fact anyone who uses colour in a creative manner.
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for anyone interested in colour as a topic, whether practically as a painter or designer, or academically, this book is a standard. I have had a copy for twenty years and needed to replace it. It is not all the answers, but it is a way of approaching colour that can lead one on to experiment and explore the properties of colour and colour vision, and some of the possibilities that open up from such exploration.
It is historically important in the development of explanations for the phenomenon of colour and colour vision
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Simply the best book on colour I have read so far. Good summary from the main book... buying that too!
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Format: Paperback
This was a very interesting book on colour indeed and it has helped me with my coursework a great deal,I thought I knew about colour but this book taught me more.
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