Color in Art (英語) ハードカバー – 2012/9/5
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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
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.
There are over 200 artworks featured, includes mostly paintings but there are also other ornaments, statues, etc. Art historian Stefano Zuffi looks at each one and talks about the significance of the colours as they are used in the art, and also about the colour as a material.
The text also talks a bit about the artists, background of the artworks and the time period around the time they were created. Many of the artworks are quite famous.
It's an interesting read. For example, it talked about blue as it evolved from a 'barbarian' colour to something that's popular in current day in jeans, uniforms, etc. There's a bit on the colour phases that artists went through, such as Goya's black paintings, or Picasso's Blue Period.
The book does not cover the colour harmony part. It just focuses on the dominant colour of the subject, which I guess for the purpose of the book is enough.
It's an insightful book worth checking out, and reading through will give more meaning to the artworks you might already know of.
(Check out more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Stefano Zuffi's Color In Art is a study and examination of color theory and its application in art, with a focus on paintings. More than 200 pieces of art from the old masters right up to Rothko are used to illustrate the examples, with chapters dedicated to the colors Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Black and White.
The accompanying notes provide background information on each painting featured and are light on technical explanations, focusing more on how color play its part in the aesthetic context of each art work.
Color In Art raises our appreciation and awareness of color use in paintings, and with more than 200 pieces of art work featured also give us the great opportunity to widen our vocabulary of artists and paintings. Highly recommended.