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The Art of Color: The Subjective Experience and Objective Rationale of Color

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  553 ratings  ·  33 reviews
In this book, the world's foremost color theorist examines two different approaches to understanding the art of color. Subjective feelings and objective color principles are described in detail and clarified by color reproductions.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 15th 1974 by Wiley (first published 1961)
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Kerfe
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: visual-arts
"Colors are forces, radiant energies that affect us positively or negatively, whether we are aware of it or not."

Itten's color explanations and exercises, followed and enlarged by his discussions of color in master paintings, helps to quantify both how colors are used and how they shape what we see, think, and feel. A book to supplement, not replace, an intuitive approach to color use, it both sharpens the eye and focuses attention.

Both beautiful and informative, these Bauhaus lessons are still
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Russ Little
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is required reading for any student of color theory. Itten's work opens the subject of color interaction to readers of all backgrounds, and gives the practicing artist an essential tool for understanding the role the color plays in design.
Erika Mulvenna
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
I first learned about practical color theory in fine arts school from Itten's basic principles in The Art of Color. Even after reading books by Goethe, Chevreul, Ostwald and Birren, I still think this is the ultimate book on the subject written for artists.

Itten is clear in clarifying every concept, principle and harmony with precise explanations and straightforward illustrations. Each concept or principle is followed by examples of notable paintings in which Itten makes it obvious how the artis
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Pavel Moiseenko
Иттен последовательно рассказывает о цветовом круге — способе представления всего цветового диапазона из 12 самостоятельных цветов. Затем смешивает эти цвета, показывая, как они друг с другом контрастируют. Книжка Иттена не о том что какие-то цвета гармонично сочетаются, а какие-то нет. Все цвета прекрасно сочетаются, но делают это по разному.

Весь отзыв в бложике: http://pavelmoiseenko.ru/blog/iskusst...
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Azamat
Feb 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: painters
Вероятно, xорошая книга, но все же она ориентирована больше на xудожников, чем на дизайнеров. Различные смешения и сочитания красок сложно удерживать в голове или живо и представлять. Не xватает изображения картин, которые упоминаются в примераx. Можно, конечно, гуглить, но во время чтения будет неудобно.
امیررضا
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
فصل نهم و دهم درباره نظریه امرسیون رنگ و کمپوزیسیون است
خیلی جالب ئتوضیح داده
تحلیل هایی که از نقاشی ها هم کرده واقعا برام جالب بود
Fereshte
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
From my point of view, this book can be useful in a way that gives you a new perspective on how to use colours, especially in paintings description there are some important points that I myself wasn't able to find out them before reading this book.
Siarhei Krukau
Интересные, но слегка ненаучные; порой примитивные, а порой философские; основанные на практическом опыте, но мистические размышления автора о цвете. Любопытны эксперименты - движения мысли - с поиском модели представления всех цветов, особенно теперь, когда в любом графическом редакторе есть все эти RGB, CMYK, HSL, ползунки и цветные градиенты. Практическая часть рассчитана на художников, рисующих кистями и красками, но будет в какой-то мере познавательна и для фотографа на iPhone и для веб-диз ...more
Theodor
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Преломление и фильтрация белого света проходят через электромагнитные колебания психофизической сферы человека», — вот что бывает, когда гуманитарий берётся за науку 8)
Karlen Melikyan
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Внатуре хорошо.
Maryam
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
A good reference, for getting the concepts of colors. I learn many, from it.
Jean-Sylvain
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C’est par l’entremise de Guy Pellerin qui m’a enseigné les arts plastiques au feu Pavillon Mont-Royal de l’UdeM que j’ai découvert L’Art de la Couleur. Nous avions fait des exercices tirés de cet ouvrage, notamment sur les sept contrastes (de qualité, chaud-froid, simultané, etc.) Pour saisir toutes les subtilités et le comportement des couleurs entre elles, nous devons impérativement mélanger les pigments et tremper nos pinceaux ! Dans sa postface à cette édition abrégée Itten écrit : J’ai essa ...more
Basila Hasnain
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I cant put forth the need, utility or effectiveness of the book for painters or artists or colour - students but as a naive amateur reader barely aware of science of colours I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Artyom
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Краткое и практичное пособие по работе с цветом. Написано для художников и колористов, но также будет полезно фотографам, иллюстраторам, веб-дизайнерам и представителям всех других «визуальных» профессий
Mochammad Yusni
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really must-read book for everyone who works with visual art (architects, painters, graphic designers, photographers, and so on). The knowledge in this book is really mind-opening and definitely the one that will be very useful for a very long long time!
Ruiselu
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-finished
Слишком заумной вышла книга, потому что здесь автор рассказывает о том, что цвет это наука и добиться прекрасной композиции можно лишь путем вычислений. Лишь меньшинство работают по наитию, и то это не хорошо. Не интересно, не смогла даже дочитать :/
F.J. Commelin
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-practice
His beautiful book is a bigger version of his smaller colourtheory with all the exercises.
In this one beautiful reproductions of paintings are added.
Barbara D.
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An essential book you should have read
Victor Lysenko
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Сложная для восприятия, но важная информация.
sage
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Munsell's color tree works much better than Itten's sphere, but Itten's color analysis of the various plates and the placement of color/form symbolism in cultural/historical context is brilliant.
David Blinn
Very interesting and informative work by the Bauhaus artist. His seven rules helped me decide on colors for phrases game.
Suzanne
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
An absolute stunner of a book: beautiful illustrations, paper, design. Big and heavy and wonderful.
Jeff Delisle
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
to my knowledge, the only thing like it.
DangNguyen
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
i want this book :)
Samsara
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Samuel Perin
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book on color theory. One of the best I have ever read. It goes really in depth into what color means and how to effectively use it in artwork. While some of Itten's ideas are a bit out there for some in regard to his "elemental colors" later in the text, his overall theory and explanation eloquently display a powerful command of his craft.
Tina
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very informative book on color theory. Full of full color pictures to highlight Ittens' color theory. It also has a lot of plates of artwork to further illustrate the ideas he is discussing.
Mara Bacharach
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una lettura facile e completa per chi vuole avvicinarsi al mondo del colore
Xvmichal
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Książka ma kilka interesujących
Sergey Sarachuk
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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a Swiss expressionist painter, designer, teacher, writer and theorist associated with the Bauhaus (Staatliche Bauhaus) school. Together with German-American painter Lyonel Feininger and German sculptor Gerhard Marcks, under the direction of German architect Walter Gropius, Itten was part of the core of the Weimar Bauhaus.

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