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1933

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1943

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Book, The Practical Wilson Colour System, ca. 1938

This is a Book. It was written by Robert Francis Wilson.

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 ca. 1938. Its medium is lithograph with collage on paper.

After prolonged exposure to a single stimulus, our eyes create an optical illusion called after-image. This color wheel consists of standard hues on the outer circle with their complementary after-image colors on the inner circle. The complementary nature of the resulting colors lends support to the opponent process theory of color vision.

It is credited Smithsonian Libraries, ND1285 .W53X.

Its dimensions are

H x W (open): 23.5 × 32 cm (9 1/4 × 12 5/8 in.)

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

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