Chapter 11. Color (Theory) in Art

  1. Rolf G. Kuehni

Published Online: 28 JAN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0471687448.ch11

Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Second Edition

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

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
  2. Published Print: 8 OCT 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471660064

Online ISBN: 9780471687443

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Keywords:

  • art;
  • beauty;
  • cave art;
  • color selection;
  • impressionism;
  • Renaissance art;
  • polychrome art

Summary

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.