Interaction of Color

by Josef Albers

Paper Book, 1971




New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 1971.


Josef Albers' "Interaction of Color" is a masterwork in twentieth-century art education. Conceived as a handbook and teaching aid for artists, instructors, and students, this timeless book presents Albers' unique ideas of colour experimentation in a way that is valuable to specialists as well as to a larger audience. Originally published by Yale University Press in 1963 as a limited silkscreen edition with 150 colour plates, "Interaction of Color" first appeared in paperback in 1971, featuring ten representative colour studies chosen by Albers. The paperback has remained in print ever since and remains one of the most influential resources on colour for countless readers. This new paperback edition presents a significantly expanded selection of more than thirty colour studies alongside Albers' original unabridged text, demonstrating such principles as colour relativity, intensity, and temperature; vibrating and vanishing boundaries; and the illusion of transparency and reversed grounds. In a larger format and with enhanced production values, this expanded edition celebrates the unique authority of Albers' contribution to colour theory and brings the artist's iconic study to an eager new generation of readers.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member Murdocke23
Originally published in 1963, the first half explains visual effects and ideas behind colours and perception. But the second half, colour plates referenced to by the descriptions in the first part, vividly illustrate the concepts. Some examples make me want to buy extra copies to cut out swatches for direct comparison to make sure what the author is saying is true. Reminds me of optics tricks in elementary science classes, but also important to better understanding use of colour in your designs.… (more)
LibraryThing member jasonli
A series of compelling ideas and examples around the theory and application of color. Albers voice is a bit stiff and archaic though.


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