CHAPTER EIGHT

PERSPECTIVES ON COLOR

“Color helps to express light, not the physical phenomenon, but the only light that really exists, that and the artist’s brain.”

—HENRI MATISSE

color plays an important role in abstract and contemporary art. Yet with all the factors that involve the use of color, such as chroma, saturation, hues, complementary colors, and color mixing, the use of color can be a daunting one. Even if you are a fan of neutrals or monochromatic colors and tones, it is important to practice and appreciate the use of all colors and what they can evoke in the viewer.

The next two exercises give a basic introduction to the language of color and a bit of history on some of the masters who prominently showcased color in their work. ...

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