- Hardcover: 439 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill; Second Edition edition (1951)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070241198
- ISBN-13: 978-0070241190
- Package Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Art of Color and Design Hardcover – 1951
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From the preface.... "It is hoped that this book will be helpful to all practitioners of the space arts--to illustrators, photographers, nonrepresentational painters, sculptors, architects, decorators, industrial designers, art instructors and their students. Its purpose is an orderly clear and simple analysis of the elements and principles upon which all visual art is built" Maitland Graves. New York, 1951
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If your an artist and needs to make the next step up from studies to complete pictures or painting ..this is the book that will show you the way.
The author is very keen on the Principles, Elements of design, the relationships between them and explains very well each one so they can be understood fully. The writing contains analysis of the principles with a lot of art pictures, including contemporary art - before 1951 when the book was published. At the end of each chapter, there are questions and/or exercises.
At the beginning of the book (pages 69-78) the author created a test called: "Graves Design Judgement Test" that it is recommended to take at the beginning - I did it before reading the book - to see how you stand with little knowledge. There are choices of designs from pictures representing drawings, small paitings, abstract art where the reader is asked to make a choice of a design.
The author warns at the beginning of the book that the principles of design are not respected anymore (1951). Today, there are extremely few who are able to interpret and further more to apply them consistently in their creations. You can see ugliness everywhere from art galleries to fashion shows, where the artist/designer does not have idea of how to apply the principles and elements of design.
I have read this book, to be able to help my clients create harmonious individual styles and refine their fashion tastes.
I recommend the book to everyone who wants to study the principles, elements and relationships between them in design, visual arts, decor, fashion design but also for everyone who wants to learn how to dress and should have a thorough study to understand what works and what doesn't.