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Drawing, Color Rhythm, from The Mathematical Basis of the Arts, 1934

This is a Drawing. It is dated 1934 and we acquired it in 1966. Its medium is brush and tempera on illustration board. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Theorist, mathematician, and composer Joseph Schillinger worked to establish accessible scientific theories to explain musical and aesthetic concepts such as color and rhythm. Schillinger made these two drawings using the systems he invented for understanding color that he later published in his 1943 treatise The Mathematical Basis for the Arts.

It is credited Gift of Mrs. Joseph Schillinger.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 21.5 × 21.5 cm (8 7/16 × 8 7/16 in.) H x W (Mat): 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14 in.)

Cite this object as

Drawing, Color Rhythm, from The Mathematical Basis of the Arts, 1934; USA; brush and tempera on illustration board; H x W: 21.5 × 21.5 cm (8 7/16 × 8 7/16 in.) H x W (Mat): 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14 in.); Gift of Mrs. Joseph Schillinger; 1966-33-1

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

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