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The Color Star Paperback – 1 Oct 1986


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Bklt edition (1 Oct. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471289310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471289319
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 1.2 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,032,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Introduction and Instructions Johannes Itten gave his book The Art of Color the subtitle: Pathways to Art-Subjective Experience and Objective Perception. This book deals with colors from a theoretical and from an artist's point of view. It treats the effect and reality of colors, defines the harmony of colors, and gives insight into the subjective color perceptions.

This subjectivity of color perception should not be confused with the way color is used in the fashion scene. Fashion is constantly changing, whereas the subjective attitude toward color has some stability. It is a personal statement and commitment-a reflection of the individual personality. Here one should be careful to avoid general judgements, as preferences and sensitivity in color perception change from person to person. For an objective evaluation and for the application of color schemed, knowledge of the fundamental laws of harmony is crucial. Phillip Otto Runge made the first attempt to establish a color ordering in 1810. For this he used the so-called color globe. Twelve colors were arranged along the equator. Toward the north pole, colors became lighter, and toward the south pole, they became darker. In 1921 Johannes Itten took the color globe as a starting point for his color star, which in turn was the basis for his color theory. The color star, published by the Bauhaus in Weimar, is the color globe projected onto a flat surface. From the centre to the points of the star are white, two lightened areas, the pure colors, two darkened colors, and black (Fig. 1). The circle of twelve pure colors, the constructive basis of Johannes Itten’s theory and of colors and, is derived from the primary colors yellow, red, and blue. Orange, violet, and green, colors of the second order, are mixtures of these. With the addition of the six intermediate colors, the color circle is complete. The color circle is arranged so that the complementary colors face each other, e.g., yellow – violet or red – green. There are six pairs of complementary colors, one obtains gray. Johannes Itten, in his book The Art of Color, summarizes the concept of harmony as follows: “Two or more colors are in harmony if they yield a neutral gray when mixed.” A further inquiry concerns the composition of harmonic accords with the color spectrum. Itten concludes: “In general one can say that harmony exists among all complimentary color pairs and all chords of three or four colors in which these colors enjoy an equilateral or isoscelean relationship, respectively.” The colors that are found in the middle of the color star are identical with the colors of the color circle. The eight rotating discs produce forty-nine different, harmonic tones.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Hansen on 15 Mar. 2010
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When painting - or in any other way working with colors - there's a certain something that brings the end result to be 'in balance' or not! Sometimes it's as simple as the choice of colors and here The Color Star comes handy as a marvelous tool to help the process.
It's not - IMO - telling of RULES but more of how to choose just a little differently and the balance is there! I've more than once been amazed about how simple this tool is, but that's the deal with most tools in our world, ain' it?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy A Climpson on 12 Jun. 2013
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Color great item to purchase for anyone interested in an excellent color wheel. Recommend it to everyone in the arts
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By Reboul Michel on 3 Feb. 2015
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Yes! the item i expected..not new but i knew it
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
important tool for artists & designers, read his book first 1 Aug. 2002
By Thomas Kryton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Johannes Ittens is unarguably recognized as the master of color from the Bauhaus school of art. The color star is a valuable asset to any artist or designer that wants to become better with making color choices. However, as any good tool goes the color star by itself won't be much use to you unless you've studied the material presented in one of his books.
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The Color Star 5 April 2000
By L. El-hinsheri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This an absolute must for all people who work with fibre, paint or just want to understand colour. The ultimate colour wheel.
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A Great Tool 17 Oct. 2007
By P.G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Itten's COLOR STAR is a wonderful and useful tool. I wish the price were a bit lower to make it more affordable for students - I would definitely consider adopting it as a tool for my Color courses. Itten's work with color is at once practical, accessible, and sophisticated. The COLOR STAR is a vehicle to experiment with color chords and color schemes, and a means to investigate new color relationships - easy to use, beautifully packaged too. A nice companion to his ART OF COLOR and ELEMENTS OF COLOR.
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Study Itten Till You Drop 19 Feb. 2001
By Linda A. Goin - Published on Amazon.com
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If you came to me for a job in graphic design and you told me you hadn't studied Itten, I wouldn't hire you. But I'm picky. Please understand who this man is, and understand his philosophy of color. His work is significant.
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Just a set of wheels 10 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very disappointed by the "book", which actually consists of a set of wheels,
with a 4-page booklet which does not explain much. I returned the book.
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