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A Bibliographical History of the Study and Use of Color from Aristotle to Kandinsky

By (author) Kenneth E Burchett
Genres: Theory of art
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Nov 2005
Dimensions: w 159mm h 235mm d 32mm
Weight: 771g
ISBN-10: 0773460411
ISBN-13: 9780773460416
Barcode No: 9780773460416
This book has three parts. Part One outlines historical trends in the study and use of color from antiquity to the present, with emphasis on color harmony and color in art. The history of color harmony meaning is traced from Aristotle through Kandinsky, to Modern and Postmodern ideas. Discussed are the important contributions to color theory of Alberti, da Vinci, Rubens, Descartes, LeBlon, Hogarth, and Delacoioix, to name a few. Chapters are included on the systematic color analyses of Newton, Goethe, and Chevreul, as well as those of Schopenhauer, Young, Brewster, and Runge; the groundbreaking color-vision research of Helmholtz and the notable scientific studies of Fechner and Rood; the influence of scientific color on such artists as Seurat; and the color organization theories of Moses Harris, Munsell, and Ostwald. Coverage is given to the psychology of affective response, including, among others, Wundt, Allesch, Kirschman, Birkoff, Katz, Arnheim, and Ehrenzweig. Color education is explored through such 20th century teachers as Itten, Katz, Albers, Pope, Sargent, Henri, and many more. Histories, anthologies, and bibliographies introduce Gage, Indergrand, Birren, and other late 20th century literary resources on color. Described is the role that color handbooks and quick-study references play in color harmony. An overview of the inconsistencies in the language of color is presented, and some of the current research attitudes toward the enigmatic subject of color harmony today are sampled. Part Two covers the landmark color publications of Goethe, Chevreul, Helmholtz, Kandinsky, Katz, Judd, Albers, Wright, Itten, Arnheim, Munsell, and Pope. Bibliographic summaries are provided of the various editions of their books. Included are biographies and bibliographies of each author. Part Three includes a bibliography of 100 books on color ranked in order of importance in the study and use of color through time. Contributors to the list include Rudolf Arnheim, Faber Birren, Frans Gerritsen, David Lewis MacAdam, and Siegfried Rosch, and others. The method used to construct the bibliography is described. The test includes references, general bibliography, a special retrospective bibliography on color harmony and color use in art, subject lists arranged by dates of publication for cross-referencing, and indexes.

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"In the future when the historian sifts through the debris of our era, oversaturated with information, once the dross has been cast aside, more than a few of the things that remain will be bound in the covers of The Edwin Mellen Press. - Charles S. Kraszewski King's College "Anyone interested in color and color harmony will welcome this important work to the published literature. The author's life-long interest in research on this topic has resulted in a comprehensive treatment of the literature that is well-organized into logical subjects and themes on color and color harmony. It will, no doubt, become a standard reference for anyone doing fixture research in this area... The Bibliography consists of four parts. Part one is a retrospective bibliography of specially selected books on color and color harmony with copyright dates prior to 1975. Part two is a general bibliography on color and color harmony in art containing a broader representation of 1,450 titles from antiquity forward, with the bulk being 20th century publications. Part three of the bibliography is a compilation of bibliographies of color, while part four cross references titles in the general bibliography arranged in 37 color subject categories ranging from "aesthetics" to "vocabulary." Each is cross-referenced by topic and date of publication. Scholars and researchers will find this section of the book, along with the well prepared indexes, invaluable because of their comprehensiveness. The author has collected in one place one of the most extensive bibliographies on color in existence which will, no doubt, facilitate additional inquiry into the field of color and color harmony... This book brings together a massive amount of information on color and color harmony. Having the information available in one volume makes a major contribution to the published literature on color. This effort will be welcomed by current and future scholars in the larger field of visual arts." - (from the Commendatory Preface) D. Jack Davis, Professor of Art, School of Visual Arts, University of North Texas "... A historical base situates the reader with the earliest information produced, and the subsequent broad themes used to organize each chapter present a good way to group the various theories found in the literature.... an easy reference for those with knowledge of the subject or for those researchers interested in gaining a thorough knowledge of the literature....excellent and authoritative analysis based on your thorough knowledge of the authors and their work. The ease with which you are able to critique and analyze the material shows your deep knowledge of the subject...." - Amber Mackey, Acquisitions Editor, Art Appreciation, Humanities, Studio Art, Prentice Hall "... I was amazed to see the origins are clearly evident in ancient Greece and that color issues are ever present whether it be the current day or antiquity. To see the genius of the past (i.e., Goethe) as well as the current day artist deal with these matters makes clear the intensity that exists concerning the mysteries of color." - Bud Therien, Editor, Prentice Hall"