Color and Culture
Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction
By (author) John Gage
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Color and Culture by John Gage
Book DescriptionColor is fundamental to life and art yet so diverse that it has seldom been studied in a comprehensive way. This ground-breaking analysis of color in Western culture from the ancient Greeks to the late twentieth century is a John Gage triumph. With originality and erudition, he describes the first theories of color articulated by philosophers from Democritus to Aristotle and the subsequent attempts by the Romans and their Renaissance disciples to organize color systematically or endow it with symbolic power. The place of color in religion, Newton's analysis of the spectrum, Goethe's color theory, and the theories and practices that have attempted to unite color and music are among the intriguing topics this award-winning book illuminates. With a large classified bibliography, discursive footnotes, and an exhaustive index, "Color and Culture" is an invaluable resource for artists, historians of art and culture, psychologists, linguists, and anyone fascinated by this most inescapable and evocative element of our perceptions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520222250
(280mm x 254mm x 25mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 3-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John Gage
Colour and Culture, Paperback (May 2009)
Describes the first three theories of color, articulated by philosophers from Democritus to Aristotle, as well as attempts to organize it or endow it with symbolic power. This book presents an analysis of the spectrum undertaken by Newton and continued by artists such as Seurat, and the use of the artists palette as an evolving scale of tones.
Colour in Art, Paperback (February 2007)
Provides an introduction to the place and power of colour in life and art. This work includes reproductions of works by such artists as Wassily Kandinsky, Vincent van Gogh, Josef Albers and Anish Kapoor, which accompany the discussion, which ranges from synaesthesia, Theosophy and theatre design to chromotherapy and chromophobia.
Colour and Meaning, Paperback (March 2000)» View all books by John Gage
Explores the mysteries of themes as diverse as the optical mixing techniques implicit in mosaic, colour-languages in Latin America at the time of the Spanish conquest, and the ideas of Goethe and Runge, Blake and Turner.
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Author Biography - John Gage
John Gage is Reader in the History of Western Art at Cambridge University. An authority on color and on Turner, he is also the author of "Color and Meaning: Art, Science, and Symbolism" (California, 1999).
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