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1928

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Book, Die Farbenfibel (The Color Primer), 1928

This is a Book. It was written by Wilhelm Ostwald and published by Verlag Unesma GmBH.

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 1928. Its medium is letterpress with collage on paper.

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.

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