The Elements of Color Hardcover – 1 Feb 1971
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From the Back Cover
BY THE SAME AUTHOR: Color Star Johannes has long been considered the definitive color theorist of the twentieth century. His books on color theory and application are standards throughout the world. Now his Color Star helps designers explore a myriad of harmonious colors. The Star consists of eight stencil like disks that can be placed over Itten's color wheel. Designers and artists can selectively examine the relationships of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors by using this unique system. Cool and warm values, complementary colors, and different hues and intensities can all be compared individually, as the designer uses the stencils to see the stencils to see only the wanted colors while masking the rest of the wheel. The Color Star is a useful and innovative tool for everyone who works with color, including students graphic designers, industrial designers, advertising designers, artists, illustrators, color theorists, interior designers, and architects.
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This is the most complete document of one of the landmarks of modern education in art-the famous Basic Course at the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany. Itten was the teacher who organized it at the invitation of Walter Gropius. First published in 1963 when Itten was still alive, the book has been revised and updated by Itten's widow, Anneliese Itten and includes new material from the basic course at the Bauhaus, as well as visual examples and descriptions of the refinements made by Itten in later courses in Berlin (1926-1932), Krefeld (1932-1938), and Zurich (1938-1960). The basic course at the Bauhaus was designed as a trial to judge students with varying education, to help them in their choice of a career in the arts, Each of the over 200 illustrations reproduced is described in detail to help the reader understand the purpose of art teaching. The student's original works include studies if nature, pure forms and abstractions, three-dimensional work, and projects in the applied arts. In addition the book includes exciting material on the evaluation of modern art education. The book has universal appeal for a basic course as a means for individual creative growth and it can be used today by students and art teachers as a foundation for their own basic courses.
The Art of Color Nearly 160 full-color charts, diagrams, and paintings illustrates this first publication of the color theories of the famous Bauhaus teacher and painter. Both the physical and emotional nature of color is studies. The seven basic color contrasts are examined in detail, and clarified with 28 full-color reproductions of painting masterpieces, from the stained-glass art of Chartres to the glowing canvasses of Picasso and Klee. The psychological, symbolic, and intellectual effects of color are explored in detail. Included also are an exposition of compositional order, a discussion of color effects in nature, and valuable demonstrations of techniques for bringing two or more colors harmoniously together. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
The Elements of Colour
It is historically important in the development of explanations for the phenomenon of colour and colour vision
Poor illustrations and lack of real visual detail
make this little more than a childs colouring book
which would be poor for reference and practical use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hardly any photographs. When you are explaining colour this is quite useful.Published 2 months ago by Larry
Whilst the text is very good I had expected more colour illustrations in a book on colour.Published 24 months ago by Mr. John C. Stephens
Simply the best book on colour I have read so far. Good summary from the main book... buying that too!Published on 28 Jan. 2013 by Loki
I just bought this book on kindle and am very very disappointed ! The text of course is very good, and a condensed version of Itten's masterwork. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2011 by SK
Itten's classic book used to be required reading when I was an art student and returning to it fairly recently after a gap of several years reminded me of the importance of, even... Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2010 by Scribblah