the art of color

the art of color
"color is life, for a world without color seems dead. as a flame produces light, light produces color. as intonation lends color to the spoken word, color lends spiritually realized sound to form." - johannes itten. in this book itten examines two different approaches to understanding the art of color. subjective feelings and objective color principles are the two poles which are described in detail and clarified with numerous color reproductions. the systematic color exercises are followed by outstanding reproductions of paintings by the great masters - 28 large size, four-color plates - which offer insight into all the epochs of western painting from the early middle ages to klee and picasso. with each reproduction is one of itten's famous analyses which proves how conscious awareness and use of color contrast has been an important means of expression. when preparing the first printing of the art of color in 1960, author and publisher were faced with the problem of finding the most favorable method of producing the difficult color reproductions. it could only be done by producing the various color plates by entirely different printing processes, which had to be done by several printers, and then tipping them into the book. when a reprinting was planned in 1973, it had by then become possible to make use of the advanced technical developments in offset printing, and the entire book was produced by this printing process.
the art of color the art of color