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This book addresses the subject of color in all media, both fine and applied. It provides an informative introduction to understanding color from the approaches of aesthetics, science, psychology, and history; and includes beautiful illustrations and direct quotes from working artists about their perspectives about color use. The book discusses all facets of color in histo ...more
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May 10, 2012 Abby rated it really liked it · review of another edition
An overview of color, covering various color theories, classifications, uses through the ages, mixing, and many other topics. It is full of full color images and helpful diagrams. As far as textbooks go, this one is well written and decently engaging. There were some chapters, like Physiological Effects of Color, where I found myself reading because of how interesting the material was, not just to get the answers for my class assignment. I learned a lot from this book; color is fascinating.
This book is intended for art students and the like interested in learning and understanding more about color. There is lots of good information with ample illustrations but this is an introduction only. It's rather dry reading and some things I got, some I did not, and some I even disagreed with (although there wasn't much of that fortunately and it had to do with the perception of color when eyes are shut or one is blind). For those interesting in this topic, it's a good introduction. A wide v ...more
Paul Zelanski was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1931. When he was 10, his sister saved up and gave him an oil paint set — the most memorable and important present of his life to that point, as his childhood was during the Great Depression and holidays were for getting socks and underwear. He attended Hartford High, and was the first resident of Connecticut’s capitol city to be accepted to Coope ...moreMore about Paul J. Zelanski...