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Color and meaning : art, science, and symbolism

Author: John Gage
Publisher: Berkeley ; Los Angeles : University of California Press, ©1999.
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Is color just a physiological reaction, a sensation resulting from different wave lengths of light on receptors in our eyes? Does color have an effect on our feelings? The phenomenon of color is examined in extraordinary new ways in John Gage's latest book. His pioneering study is informed by the conviction that color is a contingent, historical occurrence whose meaning, like language, lies in the particular
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Gage
ISBN: 0520220390 9780520220393 0520226119 9780520226111 0500237670 9780500237670
OCLC Number: 41254268
Notes: Published by arrangement with Thames and Hudson.
Description: 320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: The contexts of colour --
Colour and culture --
Colour in art and its literature --
Colour in history: relative and absolute --
Colour-words and colour-patches --
Ghiberti and light --
Color Colorado: cross-cultural studies in the ancient Americas --
The fool's paradise --
Newton and painting --
Blake's Newton --
Magilphs and mysteries --
Turner as a colourist --
'Two different worlds': Runge, Goethe and the sphere of colour --
Mood indigo: from the blue flower to the blue rider --
Chevreul between classicism and romanticism --
The technique of Seurat: a reappraisal --
Seurat's silence --
Matisse's black light --
Colour as language in early abstract painting --
A psychological background for early modern colour --
Making sense of colour: the synaesthetic dimension.
Other Titles: Colour and meaning
Responsibility: John Gage.
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Is color just a physiological reaction, a sensation resulting from different wave lengths of light on receptors in our eyes? Does color have an effect on our feelings? The phenomenon of color is examined in extraordinary new ways in John Gage's latest book. His pioneering study is informed by the conviction that color is a contingent, historical occurrence whose meaning, like language, lies in the particular contexts in which it is experienced and interpreted. Gage covers topics as diverse as the optical mixing techniques implicit in mosaic; medieval color-symbolism; the equipment of the manuscript illuminator's workshop, the color languages and color practices of Latin America at the time of the Spanish Conquest; the earliest history of the prism; and the color ideas of Goethe and Runge, Blake and Turner, Seurat and Matisse. From the perspective of the history of science, Gage considers the bearing of Newton's optical discoveries on painting, the chemist Chevreul's contact with painters and the growing interest of experimental psychologists in the topic of color in the late nineteenth century, particularly in relation to synaesthesia. He includes an invaluable overview of the twentieth-century literature that bears on the historical interpretation of color in art. Gage's explorations further extend the concepts he addressed in his prize-winning book, Color and Culture. Includes information on Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, rainbow, Ogden Rood, Camille Pissaro, Sir Isaac Newton, Piet Mondrian, Henri Matisse, Edouard Manet, Kasimir Malevich, light, Leonardo da Vinci, Wassily Kandinsky, Charles Henry, Hermann von Helmholz, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, George Field, Felix Feneon, G.T. Fechner, the four elements, Theo van Doesburg, Renee Descartes, Giovanni Battista Della Porta, Robert Delaunay, Eugene Delacroix, darkness, Michel Eugene Chevreul, Charles Blanc, William Blake, Bauhaus, Roger Bacon, Aristotle, Alhazen (Ibn al Haytham), Albertus Magnus, Leon Battista Alberti, Josef Albers, etc.

Includes information on Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, rainbow, Ogden Rood, Camille Pissaro, Sir Isaac Newton, Piet Mondrian, Henri Matisse, Edouard Manet, Kasimir Malevich, light, Leonardo da Vinci, Wassily Kandinsky, Charles Henry, Hermann von Helmholz, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, George Field, Felix Feneon, G.T. Fechner, the four elements, Theo van Doesburg, Renee Descartes, Giovanni Battista Della Porta, Robert Delaunay, Eugene Delacroix, darkness, Michel Eugene Chevreul, Charles Blanc, William Blake, Bauhaus, Roger Bacon, Aristotle, Alhazen (Ibn al Haytham), Albertus Magnus, Leon Battista Alberti, Josef Albers, black blue, brown, gold, green, grey, purple, red, white, yellow, warm, cool, hot, cold, color of flowers, etc.

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