Color in Art

Color in Art

Book - 2012
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Every color has many aspects, many variations, and many meanings. Red, for instance, can mean passion, or suffering, or anger. How are these aspects represented in works of art from Titian and Bosch to Matisse and Warhol? Painters use colors to convey a message as much as they do for surface appeal. In design and fashion, color is omnipresent as well, but incredibly varied in its significance. This fascinating book focuses on the most important colors in art--red, blue, yellow, black, white, green, and gold--and looks at them through some 200 beautifully printed works.

Praise for Color in Art :

" Art historian Zuffi's introductory survey of color throughout (mostly Western) art history spans millennia while sharing entertaining stories about the range of moods and meanings that color can convey in art." -- Publishers Weekly

Publisher: New York : Abrams, c2012.
ISBN: 9781419701115
Characteristics: 319 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Pistolesi, Donald


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Nov 10, 2018

A rather short, but interestingly organized mini-tour of (almost only) European art, arranged by reference to the dominant colour in an artwork. There is one chapter for yellow and another for gold, although they're nearly the same colour, and in truth, gold is a material, not a colour. The symbolic associations of each colour are expressed and discussed briefly, sometimes with details about how the pigments were made.

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