In this lively study, Ball examines some of the tools and materials that chemists have added to the palette over the centuries. He also takes his readers on a learned tour of what science has taught us about vision, the nature of light, and the physical and cultural factors that condition our perceptions of color (the ancient Romans, he notes, had no term for brown or gray, but that does not mean they didn't use earth pigments in their work). Whether writing of matters scientific or artistic, Ball is a technologist but not a determinist. In the end, he writes, art depends not on science but on artists, and "each artist makes his or her own contract with the colors of the time."
Readers with an interest in science, art, and the crossroads where they meet will relish Ball's erudite travels across the spectrum of light. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I had no idea colours were so complicated. I have used the information to help me in my acrylic paintings.Published 2 months ago by Linda Sanford
This has the makings of a classic, a must read for all artists. It's content about color is exceptional for the understanding and application of color principles.Published 8 months ago by Diane Myers
This book opened my eyes to the chemistry of art, and the necessity of thinking long term in the change of colors reacting with air or each other. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K. Drengler
Everything you ever wanted to know about color, history, meaning, components, and interaction. Artist bible for color, entertaining, and engrossing.Published 13 months ago by Margaret Davis
Good information there, if you can get past all the wordy stuff and quotes. Who has time to wade through all that?Published 19 months ago by Joseph A. van Hasselt
As a professional artist and instructor, I decided to embark on a study of colors and pigments and their evolution into the modern paints we use today. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Randall M. Hasson
I agree with most of the comments made by earlier reviewers and shall add just a few more observations. Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by Munster