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Color Harmonies

Color Harmonies - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226281964

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ISBN13: 978-0226281964
ISBN10: 0226281965 Edition: 93
Copyright: 1993
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 1993
International: No

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Color Harmonies - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226281964

Augusto Garau

ISBN13: 978-0226281964
ISBN10: 0226281965 Edition: 93
Copyright: 1993
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 1993
International: No
Summary

Because theories of visual perception have traditionally concentrated on form, artists have generally dealt with the problem of color through their own observation and intuition. In Color Harmonies, Augusto Garau systematically investigates the role of both color and form in visual perception and presents an original theory of the aesthetic relations among colors.

Garau, a painter who teaches the psychology of form, pays particular attention to the way colors behave when organized in patterns. His theory of color combination addresses two principal compositional elements: the relations between figure and ground and the phenomenon of transparency.

Garau meticulously analyzes the use of color in paintings by masters such as Cézanne, Picasso, and Matisse to show how his theory applies to actual works of art. Containing many full-color examples, his introduction to the workings of color relations is of great practical use to art historians and critics, artists, interior decorators, fashion and set designers, and anyone who works with color to display information or convey emotions.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Rudolf Arnheim

Preliminary Note

Introduction

1. Juxtaposing a Pure Color to a Mixture That Contains That Color

2. Complete Inversion

3. Partial Inversion

4. Shared Dominant

5. Shared Subordinate

6. Figural Unity and Chromatic Unity

7. Applications in Painting

8. Examples of Chromatic Juxtapositions in Pictorial Works by Cezanne, Picasso, and Matisse

9. Complete Transparency in the Perception of Colored Displays

10. An Anomalous Case of Perceptual Transparency

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