Colour: Art and Science

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Trevor Lamb, Janine Bourriau
Cambridge University Press, Mar 16, 1995 - Art - 237 pages
Color is a subject of universal appeal. There are perhaps as many different perspectives on color as there are wavelengths of light. Yet, what can we say we really understand about our personal experience with color? To answer our questions on the nature of color, eight experts from different fields of study provide their views. From the humanities, we read about color in art (David Bomford and Bridget Riley) and in culture and language (John Gage and John Lyons). On the scientific side, we learn what color means to the physicist (Malcolm Longair), the psychologist (John Mollon), the physiologist (Denis Baylor), and the naturalist (Peter Parks). Written in nontechnical language, this book is a unique blending of fine arts with hard science concerning a subject that affects us all. Readers from both sides of the spectrum should enjoy this accessible and rewarding account.
 

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Contents

The History of Colour in Art
5
Colour for the Painter
29
Light and Colour
63
Colour Mechanisms of the Eye
101
Seeing Colour
125
Colour in Nature
149
Colour and Culture
173
Colour in Language
192
Notes on Contributors
223
Acknowledgements
226
Index
228
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