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The art of color;: The subjective experience and objective rationale of color [Unknown Binding]

Johannes Itten
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  • Unknown Binding: 155 pages
  • Publisher: Reinhold Pub. Corp (1961)
  • ASIN: B0006AX556
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,342,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The color agent is the physically or chemically definable and analyzable pigment, the colorant. Read the first page
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vast amount of well-illustrated knowledge. 26 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Anyone interested in the color theory and its applicance on art should seriously consider this book. Everything explained is illustrated by high quality examples and samples from different artists' work; definitely made me happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Colour 6 Mar 2011
By Fran
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you really want to learn about colour and understand it better when looking at paintings or making your own, this is, as far as I (as a trained artist and teacher)know, the state of the art book on colour to work from. It is expensive (though considerably less so than in bookshops), but the quality of the printing is extraordinary; the colours and the images are exceptionally accurate.
I am so pleased with my purchase (which was very carefully made because of the price), I cannot emphasise it enough nor recommend it more highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic 19 Feb 2013
By Sigurd
Format:Hardcover
A must have for anyone interested in painting pictures and in understanding the "science in art". We'll never part ways.
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6 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
De gran informacion y de necesaria base de experimentacion para todos quienes quieren manejar el color con seguridad en base a uua experiencia sistematica que el autor nos hace llegar con un lenguaje claro y de profundo conocimiento.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A philosophical, religious view of color 23 May 2001
By Chris Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
What fascinates me so much about Itten's classic book is its deeply philosophical, even quasi-religious approach to color. Itten was as much interested in the spirituality of color as in developing a theory of color.
Another great aspect of the book is the numerous master paintings beautifully reproduced and intertwined with his own theories and color diagrams. You get paintings by Rembrandt, Renoir, Monet, El Greco, Seurat, and so many others. Itten is always contrasting the objective and the subjective aspects of art and color, and it makes for a fascinating reading experience.
Itten has a mature perspective on these painters and their relation to color. Its only flaw is that Itten's is only one perspective. I wish there were more authors who could write and analyze art at this level, and who weren't afraid to be spiritual in their assessments.
With so many dramatic advancements in technology, we tend to forget very quickly where we were. Just a decade or so ago, this book was literally too difficult and too expensive to produce. We are lucky to live in an age in which a book of such profound beauty is even available. Overall, it's a must for any fine library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opener on harmony of colours 26 Jun 2006
By Carla de Pagter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book of Johannes Itten is a good example of the use of colour in the antroposofic way. He connects the different colours with moods and feelings, religious symbols and even gives it a spiritual dimension. For me it was an eye-opener on the aspect of harmony. Itten emphasizes that the eye and mind are always looking for balance, harmony in the sense of a grey-tone. If a work of art does not reflect this kind of harmony, for instance because of a distonality in the use of colours, the eye and mind get restless and agitated. But if used on purpose this aspect of colour gives a work of art a very strong impact and makes it a masterpiece.[...].
43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vast amount of well-illustrated knowledge. 26 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Anyone interested in the color theory and its applicance on art should seriously consider this book. Everything explained is illustrated by high quality examples and samples from different artists' work; definitely made me happy.
56 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Itten is a true master 14 Aug 2001
By Shahr Yar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'd studied physiology and neuroscience, later switching careers from a medical path to that of a designer. I've dived into many sources for my self-education/training. Itten is the grand-master of color; no other book I've read compares to those of Itten. His teachings have enlightened me in ways that I'm amazed by, touching on scientific, psychological, behavioral, and the most personal aspects of color as a study and an experience. It's changed the way I look at my environment, and it's changing the way I use color in my work as a designer.
I'm so impressed with the value this book has had to me, that I bought Itten's book on Form and Design, even though I didn't necessarily feel lacking on those aspects of design. It's rather because of the likelihood in the quality and richenss of knowledge I'll gain, as I did from this book.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE premium book on color 11 Feb 2007
By Judith E. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As an artist who uses color in my work, this book has been invaluable. The color wheel has always been my primary reference for color combinations; however, since reading Johannes Itten book, an entirely new world of understanding and enlightenment has evolved. I love this book for how it has enriched my knowledge and passion for color.
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