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Colour in Art

John Gage

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'Brilliant … the text is staggeringly erudite but accessible, and the illustrations are as varied as they are informative. Yet it costs just £9.95' The Sunday Times


The complex phenomenon of colour has received detailed attention from the perspectives of physics, chemistry, physiology, psychology, linguistics and philosophy. However, the people who work most closely with colour – artists – have rarely been canvassed for their opinions on this mysterious subject.

Colour in Art is concerned with the history of colour, but is not itself a history; instead each chapter develops a theme from a different scientific discipline, but seen from the viewpoint of artists such as Kandinsky, Van Gogh and Anish Kapoor.

Flags, synaesthesia, Theosophy, theatre design, chromotherapy and chromophobia are among the many topics covered in this wide-ranging and engaging introduction to the place and power of colour in life and art.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 196

Publication date: 5 February 2007

ISBN: 9780500203941

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Light from Colour – Colour from Light • 2. A Psychology of Colour? • 3. The Shape of Colour • 4. The Health of Colours • 5. Languages of Colour • 6. Can Colours Signify? • 7. The Union of the Senses • 8. Colour Trouble • Bibliography

About the Author

John Gage was the former Head of the Department of History of Art at Cambridge University. He is an acknowledged international authority on the history of art and colour and has written many books on the subject, including Colour and Culture and Colour and Meaning, both published by Thames & Hudson.