Book, Die Farbenfibel (The Color Primer), 1928
Chemist and Nobel Prize winner Wilhelm Ostwald was influenced by Ewald Herring’s opponent color theory, and based his color model on red/green and yellow/blue opponent pairs. Inspired by Munsell, he used bi-colored spinning disks to “scientifically” calculate intermediate steps, but of course the measurements were still based on his subjective perception.
It is credited
Gift of Walter C. Granville, Smithsonian Libraries, ND1493 .O85 1928.
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Its dimensions are
H x W (open): 22.5 × 33.5 cm (8 7/8 × 13 3/16 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.