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Titre : Color and Meaning, Art, Science, Symbolism
Éditeur : University of California Press, Berkeley
Date d'édition : 1999
Reliure : Hard Cover.
Etat du livre : Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Fine
Edition : First Edition
Type de livre : University Press
Extends the explorations of color the author presented in his prize-winning book, Color and Culture. It proposes an art historical approach to colors, and argues for the historical contingency of color-perceptions. 136 illustrations, many of which are in full color. Notes to the Text. Select Biblio. Index. 320 pp. Fine Hardcover w/ Fine dj. N° de réf. du libraire 1111
Synopsis : 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.
Quatrième de couverture: "John Gage's Color and Meaning is full of ideas. . .He is one of the best writers on art now alive." (A. S. Byatt, Booker Prize winner)
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