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Not for the beginner!,
This review is from: Interaction of Color (Paperback)
I purchased this book having heard much hype about it from fellow artists over the years, however I found it quite hard to understand some concepts and found myself re-reading many chapters in order to make sense of them. The book assumes a lot of previous colour theory knowledge on the part of the reader, which is understandable at the time it was written, but for artists today that are not taught colour theory in such depth at universities it can be tough going, but I advise you to persist. In order to get the most you can out of the book, it is best to do all of the exercises. These are done with coloured paper instead of paint,(make sure you have a large selection!) which really trains your eye to see colour and am now converted on using coloured paper for working out ideas beforehand. It would help if the illustrations were next to each chapter rather then all being placed at the end, as you will need to look at them to get a better idea of what Albers is referring to. So, it's best to flick to the illustration as soon as you've read each chapter.
On the whole, it is an important book for any artist interested in colour theory, but for beginners I would recommend starting off with Betty Edwards:Color: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors 2004,which really helped me get my head around colour theory and who has used this book in formulating her course.