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Colour Theories & Some Applications “The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.” — John Ruskin Scientific & Philosophical Interests & Origins of Modern Colour Theory • Isaac Newton Opticks 1704 (old spelling of Optics) – Used musical scale to divide spectrum and attach names to areas – Physics (but theological implications) Interpretations of Colour Theory by artists • Goethe’s Theory of Colours (1810) • Built on wavelength theory of light (after Newton) • Methods interesting • Conclusion refuted • Influential on artists • Ex. Turner • Colour theory weblink Goethe’s Colour Wheel Research on Colour Theory & Nomenclature (names) by scientists for aesthetic ‘products’ • Michel Eugène Chevreul-Chemist working in Gobelins carpet factory • Noticed optical mixing of two adjacent colours • De la loi du contrast simultané des couleurs 1839 • Influential on artists Complementary Colours in art & design • 19th c. theories of “Simultaneous Contrast” and optical mixing Ex. Eugène Delacroix Women of Algiers Detail Complementary Colours in art & design • optical mixing – Ex. Pointillism (neoexpressionism)--Seurat Seurat (details) optical effects of adjacent tonal values or colours link to stroboscopic effects (complementary colors seen as grey) ot_strob/index.html Colour Theory & Practical Applications in Design • Video Clip from The Devil Wears Prada P ...
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