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Books on Color for Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Novelists, Conservationists, Chemists, and Historians. An Annotated Bibliography by Linda Salem and Margaret Drehobl

by Linda Salem on 2016-12-15T16:18:00-08:00 in Art, Illustration | 0 Comments

Ball, P. (2002). Bright earth. Art and the invention of color. New York, Farrar Strauss & Giroux .

ISBN: 0374116792 Call Number: N7432.7.B35 2002 Abstract: For readers interested in color as language. Author’s approach is from a chemist’s view of color.  This work suggests a way to understand a painter’s message through their use of color technique, texture and brush marks. Appropriate for graduate students in art and art history and, conservation chemists. Color plates throughout. Index and bibl.

Clemens, R. and T. Graham (2007). Introduction to manuscript studies. New York, Cornell University Press.

ISBN: 9780801438639 Call Number: Z105.C58 2007 Abstract: Originally designed in 1998 for students of archival sciences. Illustrations aid in the training for paleography and codicology of medieval manuscripts.

Finlay, V. (2002). Color. A natural history of the palette. New York, Random House, Inc. 

ISBN: 0345444302 Call Number: ND1488.F56 2002 Abstract: A travelogue with chapters each organized around the history of a particular color. Most stories told here take place before 1900 in this overarching history of color and pigment manipulation.  Text design by C. Linda Dingler.

Finlay, V. (2014). The brilliant history of color in art. Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum Getty Publications.

ISBN: 978-1-60606-429-0 Call Number: N7432.7 F56 Abstract: This is the history of color through the annals of human civilization and scientific discovery. Appropriate for upper division undergraduate art history students, psychology students, or anyone interested in studying the history of pigments. Entries range from those about pigments found in nature to those scientifically derived colors in the modern era.

Gage, J. (2000). Color and meaning.  Art, science and symbolism. Berkeley; London, University of California published in arrangement with Thames & Hudson.

ISBN: 0520226119 Call Number: 701.85 Gage. Abstract: Explores the historical use of color in art and science from the 14th century to the 20th century.  This title is also in the Edward Gorey Personal Library at San Diego State University Library.

Gage, J. (2006). Color in art. London, Thames & Hudson, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780500203941 Call Number: N7432.7G342006 Abstract: Not a history, each of this books' eight chapters considers a scientific discipline's relationship to art and color. Disciplines include chemistry, physics and physiology of color. Well-known artists throughout history are considered. 194 color plates.

Garfield, S. (2001). Mauve. How one man invented a color that changed the world. New York, W.W. Norton & Company.

ISBN: 0393020053 Call Number: TP140.P46G37 2001 Abstract: A narrative with color plates that tells the story of British chemist William Perkin who accidentally discovered mauve through work with coal-tar derivative dyes that impacted cell research, plastics, explosives, medicine, and pharmaceuticals. Color plates.

Jasper, C. (2005). Power color. Master color concepts for all media. New York, Watson-Guptill Publications.

ISBN: 082304260x Call Number: N7432.7.J37 2005 Abstract: Explains the use of color to beginning art students in studio classes.  Covers media, color wheel, color palette, color scheme, and more.  Sections called "In the Studio" profile ten artists’ color premise, color method and studio practice. A great full color volume with images of how different paints appear, their textures, and characteristics. Includes a brief history of color according to artists from antiquity (C. 1000 BCE) to minimalism in the 1970s.

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