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Interaction of Color: Revised and Expanded Edition Paperback – May 15, 2006
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Most of the exercises use in the book require various shades and tints of colored paper. I found using the larger paint swatches found at the local hardware store worked quite well and best of all they're free.
"Interaction of Color" is not about rules, color systems, pigments or physical qualities but rather about color perception. Because we hardly ever see a single color, the book deals with the dependency and interaction of colors. "Just as the knowledge of acoustics does not make one musical -- neither on the productive nor on the appreciative side -- so no color system by itself can develop one's sensitivity for color". Because only experience and training will develop an eye for color and an the sense for relations between colors, the book encourages the reader not only to read, but to experiment actively with colors.
To introduce the reader to the theme, Albers compares the relativity of colors with a simple but convincing experiment: You need 3 pots, each filled with warm, lukewarm and cold water. After dipping the left hand in the cold and the right hand in the warm water, put both hands simultaneously into the lukewarm water. It appears to be warm for the left, cold for the right hand, though its neither of this temperatures. Similar to this haptic illusion our color perception is always relative.
The book explains subjects relating to color properties like intensity and brightness, color mixture, transparency and space illusion, harmony ... it really boils down the fundamentals of color theory in a simple and comprehensible way, illustrated with the clear color plates.Read more ›
While not as comprehensive as some other books on color theory, Albers scores points by covering several subjects that are not as well represented in those other books.
Definitely recommended for anyone looking to build a comprehensive library on color theory.
I would also suggest that this book should be purchased along with a more contemporary one detailing the way in which we see and process luminosity and colour, biologically. Margaret Livingstone's 'Vision and Art' (2002) is a good choice, for example.
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This is THE book on color theory. It belongs in every art student's personal library.Published 9 months ago by Art Therapy Student
You need to practice his colour theries to undersatand them.Published 11 months ago by William Shanny
It was a little below my skills. Think this is better for a beginnerPublished 12 months ago by Trudy J.
Josef Albers was not just a Bauhaus icon and gifted artist, but was an inspiring teacher during his long life. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dolores D. Bittleman