Chapter 11. Color (Theory) in Art
Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Second Edition
How to Cite
Kuehni, R. G. (2004) Color (Theory) in Art, in Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471687448.ch11
- Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
- Published Print: 8 OCT 2004
Print ISBN: 9780471660064
Online ISBN: 9780471687443
- cave art;
- color selection;
- Renaissance art;
- polychrome art
The question of what is appropriate use of colors in the pictorial arts has been of interest at least since the Greek philosophers. In a brief historical survey major developments in (primarily western) pictorial art are presented. Highlights in terms of theory are the opposing views in the 17th century between Rubens and Poussin and in the late 19th century between Ingres and Delacroix. Optical and perceptual color effects in painting are briefly discussed.