Color in Art

Overview

Every color has many aspects, many variations, and many meanings. Red, for instance, can mean passion, or suffering, or anger. How are these aspects represented in works of art from Titian and Bosch to Matisse and Warhol? Painters use colors to convey a message as much as they do for surface appeal. In design and fashion, color is omnipresent as well, but incredibly varied in its significance. This fascinating book focuses on the most important colors in art—red, blue, yellow, black, white, green, and gold—and ...

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Overview

Every color has many aspects, many variations, and many meanings. Red, for instance, can mean passion, or suffering, or anger. How are these aspects represented in works of art from Titian and Bosch to Matisse and Warhol? Painters use colors to convey a message as much as they do for surface appeal. In design and fashion, color is omnipresent as well, but incredibly varied in its significance. This fascinating book focuses on the most important colors in art—red, blue, yellow, black, white, green, and gold—and looks at them through some 200 beautifully printed works.

Praise for Color in Art:

Art historian Zuffi’s introductory survey of color throughout (mostly Western) art history spans millennia while sharing entertaining stories about the range of moods and meanings that color can convey in art.” Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly
Art historian Zuffi's introductory survey of color throughout (mostly Western) art history spans millennia while sharing entertaining stories about the range of moods and meanings that color can convey in art. Organized, of course, by color, Zuffi's book wanders through the primaries, considers the many greens of nature, charts the divinity of gold, and compares the oppositional natures of white and black. Symbolism, as Zuffi (The Cat in Art) tells readers, is subjective and highly dependent upon time and place. Red, that sculptor of depth for cave painters and thus humanity's oldest hue, can indicate elegance, as it does in Jan van Eyck's famous red turban, or lust, as seen in Bosch's lurid and twisted The Garden of Earthly Delights. Yellow is a showy focal point in Vermeer's Delft landscapes, yet it's also therapeutic for a depression-prone van Gogh. Blues indicate sadness, but they're also elusive: Yves Klein had to create his own. Both pharaohs and saints bathe in gold, while Klimt repurposes it for love. White is innocence and death, while Black plays the field. While at times they seem to have been selected at random, the high-quality reproductions that Zuffi uses to illustrate his arguments repay hours of study. 200 color illus. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419701115
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,434,774
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefano Zuffi has written many books on art history, including The Cat in Art and How to Read Italian Renaissance Painting. He lives and works in Milan.

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