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The E-book of Color Ideas: A New 800-Web page Celebration of Coloration Concept, Together with Works by Newton, Goethe, and Hilma af Kint

The E-book of Color Con­cepts will quickly be pub­lished by Taschen in a mul­ti­lin­gual edi­tion, con­tain­ing textual content in Eng­lish, French, Ger­man, and Span­ish. This selection makes its abun­dance of explana­to­ry schol­ar­ship vast­ly acces­si­ble at a stroke, however even those that learn none of these 4 lan­guages can take pleasure in the e book. For it takes a deep dive — with Taschen’s char­ac­ter­is­tic visu­al lav­ish­ness — into one of many tru­ly uni­ver­sal lan­guages: that of col­or. By means of­out its two vol­umes, The E-book of Color Con­cepts presents greater than 1000 photos drawn from 4 cen­turies’ price of “uncommon books and man­u­scripts from a wealth of insti­tu­tions, includ­ing probably the most dis­tin­guished col­or col­lec­tions world­vast.”

Repro­duced with­in are selec­tions from greater than 65 books and man­u­scripts, includ­ing such “sem­i­nal works of col­or the­o­ry” as Isaac Newton’s Opticks and Johann Wolf­gang von Goethe’s Zur Far­ben­lehre, as pre­vi­ous­ly fea­tured right here on Open Cul­ture.

Kate Moth­es at Colos­sal provides that “learn­ers will even discover stud­ies from Col­or Prob­lems, the ear­ly Twentieth-cen­tu­ry hand­e book by Emi­ly Noyes Van­der­poel, which described the­o­ries that will pattern in sub­se­quent many years in design and artwork, like Joseph Albers’s collection Homage to the Square.” In The E-book of Color Con­cepts’ 800 pages additionally seem a vari­ety of works that don’t belong, strict­ly converse­ing, to the sector of col­or the­o­ry, equivalent to a botan­i­cal observe­e book by the spir­i­tu­al­ist and ear­ly summary artist Hilma af Kint.

Co-authors Sarah Lowen­gard and Alexan­dra Loske convey seri­ous cre­den­tials to this endeav­or: Lowen­gard is a his­to­ri­an of tech­nol­o­gy and sci­ence with greater than 40 years’ expe­ri­ence as an “arti­san col­or-mak­er,” and Loske is an artwork his­to­ri­an and cura­tor who spe­cial­izes in “the position of ladies within the his­to­ry of col­or.” Each would little doubt agree on the spe­cial val­ue of revis­it­ing the his­to­ry of this par­tic­u­lar sub­ject right here within the ear­ly twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry, with all its dis­course about the dis­ap­pear­ance of col­or from our each­day lives. It’s wor­ri­some sufficient that spo­ken and writ­ten lan­guages out­aspect the Eng­lish-French-Ger­man-Span­ish league appear to be declin­ing; rel­e­gat­ing our­selves to an ever-nar­row­ing vocab­u­lary of col­or could be a fair graver loss certainly.

Relat­ed con­tent:

Goethe’s Col­or­ful & Summary Illus­tra­tions for His 1810 Trea­tise The­o­ry of Col­ors: Scans of the First Edi­tion

A 900-Web page Pre-Pan­tone Information to Col­or from 1692: A Com­plete Excessive-Res­o­lu­tion Dig­i­tal Scan

William Blake’s 102 Illus­tra­tions of The Divine Com­e­dy Col­lect­ed in a Beau­ti­ful E-book from Taschen

The Vibrant Col­or Wheels Designed by Goethe, New­ton & Oth­er The­o­rists of Col­or (1665–1810)

The Girl Who The­o­rized Col­or: An Intro­duc­tion to Mary Gartside’s New The­o­ry of Colors (1808)

A Imaginative and prescient­ary 115-Yr-Previous Col­or The­o­ry Man­u­al Returns to Print: Emi­ly Noyes Vanderpoel’s Col­or Prob­lems

Primarily based in Seoul, Col­in Marshall writes and broad­casts on cities, lan­guage, and cul­ture. His initiatives embody the Sub­stack newslet­ter Books on Cities, the e book The State­much less Metropolis: a Stroll by Twenty first-Cen­tu­ry Los Ange­les and the video collection The Metropolis in Cin­e­ma. Fol­low him on Twit­ter at @colinmarshall or on Face­e book.

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