Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Color Codes: Modern Theories of Color in Philosophy, Painting and Architecture, Literature, Music, and Psychology Paperback – February 15, 1995
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
“A tour de force . . . Color Codes is in a class by itself.” (C. L. Hardin, author of Color for Philosophers)
“In his wonderful book, Charles Riley makes color more graspable, more at hand than ever before. At the same time he enhances, indeed, seems to fuel our appreciation of the excitement of color.” (Frank Stella, artist and author of Working Space)
Top Customer Reviews
- Wow, what a mammoth project. Many philosophers, artists, and other professionals have written about color, and Riley manages to organize many, if not all, of the most important works on color in this book.
- Decent summary and reflection on the many different theories, and attributes to each the appropriate amount of influence they/their authors had.
- Riley's perspective on color and their systems/schema/palettes is SPOT on, and I find his discussion on it invaluable to my own endeavors.
- Pleasant prose (with one caveat that I mention below).
- The overall amount and breadth of information is very wide. As one viewer sort of implied, it is a bit like a buffet of information.
- The writing can be just a bit wordy at times, as if each sentence was a room that just needed a bit of sweeping done to look truly clean. I felt as though (in one too many sentences) I had to decipher his meaning through some form of exaggeration or otherwise ill-fitting word. It's hard to tell whether this is preference or reading ability, but it is what it is, and I'm finding it hard to get through on some days.
Ultimately, I would tell Riley that he has created a success. While I've only read about half the book, I've so far found exactly what I was looking for - an overwhelming introduction to color theory and a springboard to the many different sources from which it arises. If you came here looking for anything but an intensely researched overview of color theory, well, I would say you got what you deserved. You're not going to grasp color theory itself by reading this book, nor should you expect to, as color theory in a somewhat official sense is nearly 400 years old with a large number of works written on the topic.