The laws of contrast of colour, tr. by J. Spanton

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1861
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Page 171 - Drapery of a lustrous white, such as cambric muslin, assorts well with a fresh complexion, of which it relieves the rose color; but it is unsuitable to complexions which have a disagreeable tint, because white always exalts all...
Page 171 - But it is not as favorable to complexions that are more red than rosy, nor to those that have a tint of orange mixed with brown, because the red they add to this tint will be of a brick-red hue. In the latter case a dark green will be less objectionable than a delicate green.
Page 66 - Grey, in association with sombre colours, such as Blue and Violet, and with broken tones of luminous colours, produces harmonies of analogy which have not the vigour of those with Black; if the colours do not combine well together, it has the advantage of separating them from each other.
Page 90 - ... modifications the cause of which is unknown, and which are not very prominent. (327) This is the place to return to mixed contrast in order to make evident how the painter is exposed to seeing the colours of his model inaccurately. In fact, since the eye, after having observed one colour for a certain time, has acquired a tendency to see its complementary, and as this tendency is of some duration, it follows, not only that the eyes of the painter, thus modified...
Page 171 - Violet, the complementary of yellow, produces contrary effects ; thus, it imparts some greenish-yellow to fair complexions. It augments the yellow tint of yellow and orange skins. The little blue ' there may be in a complexion it makes green. Violet, then, is one of the least...
Page 171 - Black Drapery. — Black draperies, lowering the tone of the colors with •which they are in juxtaposition, whiten the skin ; but if the vermilion or rosy parts are to a certain point distant from the drapery, it will follow that, although lowered in tone, they appear relatively to the white parts of the skin contiguous to the same drapery redder than if the contiguity to the black did not exist.
Page 171 - Yellow imparts violet to a fair skin, and in this view it is less favorable than a delicate green. To those skins which are more yellow than orange, it imparts white ; but this combination is very dull and heavy for a fair complexion. When the skin is tinted more with orange than yellow, we can make it roseate by neutralizing the yellow. It produces this effect upon...
Page 120 - I surrounded the patterns with white paper, so as to conceal the ground; the designs then appeared black. 2. I placed some cuttings of black cloth upon stuffs coloured red, violet, and blue; the cuttings appeared like the printed designs, ie, of the colour complementary to the ground, although the same cuttings, when placed upon a white ground, were of a beautiful black.
Page 50 - ... scales. 3. The harmony of contrast of colours, produced by the simultaneous view of colours belonging to scales very far asunder, assorted according to the law of contrast: the difference in height of juxtaposed tones may also augment the contrast of colours.
Page 171 - Orange is too brilliant to be elegant ; it makes fair complexions blue, whitens those which have an orange tint, and gives a green hue to those of a yellow tint.

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