Color: A Visual History from Newton to Modern Color Matching Guides
by Alexandra Loske
Charts the journey of color exploration and expression from the 1600s to the present day through painters' tools, art, ephemera, and literature
Color: A Visual History from Newton to Modern Color Matching Guides offers the fascinating story of how color has been recorded, explored, and understood throughout history. Using an extraordinary collection of original color material that includes charts, wheels, artists' palettes, and swatches, the book showcases centuries of significant scientific discoveries and artistic exploration. It celebrates the visual quality and beauty of various color theories over time and highlights the creativity with which these systems have been devised and codified. The book showcases everything from fourteenth century illuminated manuscripts to Moses Harris's The Natural System of Colours (c. 1769), and from 1814's Werner's Nomenclature of Colours to Paul Klee's color harmonies from the 1920s and beyond to highlight the intersection between science and art. This stunning display of shades, tints, and tones is an authoritative guide for anyone working in the arts, as well as anyone passionate about color in their personal lives, homes, and products.
ALEXANDRA LOSKE is an art historian, curator, and editor with a particular interest in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century European art and architecture. She is the managing editor of the Frogmore Press, which publishes the Frogmore Papers literary journal and other collections.