Tate: colour: a visual history

Loske, Alexandra (2019) Tate: colour: a visual history. Octopus Publishing Group Ltd, London. ISBN 9781781573990

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Abstract

This book tells the story of colour through the significant scientific discoveries and key artist’s works over 400 years. From Isaac Newton’s investigations through to Olafur Eliasson’s experiential creations, this stunning book documents the fascinating story of colour with an extraordinary collection of original colour material that includes charts, wheels, artists’ palettes, swatches and schemes.
“In 1704, the scientist Isaac Newton published Opticks, the result of many years of researching light and colour. By splitting white light, Newton identified the visible range of colours, or the rainbow spectrum. In Opticks, he built a colour system around his findings, and he visualised this system in a circular shape, making it one of the first printed colour wheels. The influence of Newton and his followers, combined with the invention of many new pigments as well as watercolours in moist cake form, had made painting with colour an exciting occupation not just for serious artists but also for a much wider audience. The colour revolution had begun.”

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Based on Alexandra Loske's Phd thesis (2014) on colour and colour theory in the Georgian age. Includes a chapter on colour in the Sir Basil Spence's Meeting House Chapel at the University of Sussex.
Keywords: colour, colour history, colour theory, pigment history,
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N0061 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N7560 Special subjects of art > N8217.B6 Books
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts > NK1160 Decoration and ornament. Design
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX0650 Special subjects or topics, A-Z > NX0650.C676 Colours
Depositing User: Alexandra Loske
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2020 12:25
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2020 12:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/88951
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