The Book of Colour Concepts 1686-1963

The Book of Colour Concepts 1686-1963

Alexandra Loske (Ed.) & Sarah Lowengard


From the 17th century to the advent of the digital age, colour theories have been illustrated with opulent wheels and globes, painstakingly collated polychrome charts and meticulous diagrams. The many hues have inspired the likes of Sir Isaac Newton, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the Bauhaus movement. The earliest forms of human creativity, in carvings, markings and cave paintings, bear witness to humanity’s engagement with colour. Almost as old as these examples is the desire to assign structure, order and meaning to this universal concept. This expansive, two-volume edition with over 1,000 images, beautifully packaged in a sturdy slipcase, also brings many intriguing and often overlooked works by women into the spotlight, including the radically inventive colour “blots” of the English flower painter Mary Gartside and a botanical notebook by the pioneering Swedish artist/spiritualist Hilma af Klint.

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