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The history of colour theory in art, design and science

R.M. Osborne,     Micro Academy, UK

Abstract:

An outline of selected developments in the history of the practice and theory of colour, from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries, is set against a background of broad cultural shifts, evident particularly in design. Accelerating advances in optics, chemistry and the study of vision are presented in parallel with those in painting, dyeing, decoration and fashion. Written evidence and comments, preserved in books and essays published in Europe, and latterly in North America, are cited, and complemented by visual evidence provided by surviving examples of art, design and technology.

Key words

colour in fashion

colour history

colour ...

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