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1921

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2018

2021

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Print, Farbenkugel in 7 Lichtstufen und 12 Tönen (Color Sphere in 7 Light Values and 12 Tones), 1921

This is a Print. It was written by Johannes Itten and designed by Johannes Itten and published by Utopia Verlag.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Libraries as part of Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

It is dated 1921. Its medium is lithograph on paper.

Professor Johannes Itten created a color sphere, represented by this 12-pointed star, as a tool for students at the Bauhaus. Itten failed to incorporate more recent discoveries made by Albert Munsell regarding the relationship between value and saturation, which resulted in less symmetrical models.

It is credited Smithsonian Libraries, N7430 .U86 1921X.

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Sample Plate (Denmark), 1930s
  • moulded and glazed porcelain, with enamelled color.
  • Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund.
  • 2003-5-4

Its dimensions are

H x W: 47 × 32.5 cm (18 1/2 × 12 13/16 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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